Viking Oceans: Istanbul's Mysterious Basilica Cistern
Hidden beneath the streets of Istanbul is the astonishing, hauntingly beautiful Basilica Cistern, a 6th-century relic that was almost lost to time. Step into its shadowy depths with Karine Hagen to explore this cavernous basin’s many secrets.
Basilica Cistern Tour - Istanbul
The Basilica Cistern is the largest of ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople), Turkey. It is one of the top attractions of historical peninsula of Istanbul.
Basilica Cistern Tour, Istanbul Turkey
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Tour of the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul Turkey
One place we loved visiting in Istanbul was the Basilica Cistern. If you visited Istanbul and never heard of it, you might easily miss this attraction as there's no obvious sign above ground. When we arrived the line wasn't long and while the entrance fee was a bit expensive we found it to be worth it. However, they do charge extra fees for use of a tripod.
It was a short walk down to the underground cistern. It was cool, dark and damp. The lights we're strategically placed to highlight the ionic and corinthian columns. Soothing, yet eery music played in the background. It felt like the entrance to the underworld, yet instead of being scary it was beautiful and peaceful. What captured my attention the most were the hundreds of fishes swimming in the water.
The Basilica Cistern was the largest of several hundreds cistern beneath Istanbul. Its origin can be traced during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian around the 6th century. This underground structure provided a water filtration system for the for the Great Palace of Constantinopole in past and the Topkapi Palace up to modern times.
The Basilica cistern was an underground chamber capable of storing 100,000 tons of water. However today, only a few feet of water remain. The ceiling was supported by 336 marble columns. In one of the columns you will find an engraved pictures of a Hen's Eys, slanted branches, and tears which paid tribute to the hundreds of slaves that died during the construction of the Basilica Cistern.
The biggest highlight of the cistern were the bases of two columns with the face of Medusa. You will notice the heads placed sideways and inverted which is thought to negate the power of her gaze.
One thing is for sure, this is a must see when in Istanbul especially during a hot summer day.
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We were in Istanbul, Turkey. On a cruise on the Norwegian Jade. Istanbul, Turkey, was an overnight port, giving us more time to explore.
We visit the Basicila Cisterns, located just a short walk from the Blue Mosque. An incredible place, I think this is a must-see. Words and my video cannot describe how eerie-ly beautiful this place was.
This subterranean structure was commissioned by Emperor Justinian and built in 532. The largest surviving Byzantine cistern in İstanbul, it was constructed using 336 columns, many of which were salvaged from ruined temples and feature fine carved capitals. Its symmetry and sheer grandeur of conception are quite breathtaking.
Like most sites in İstanbul, the cistern has an unusual history. It was originally known as the Basilica Cistern because it lay underneath the Stoa Basilica, one of the great squares on the first hill. Designed to service the Great Palace and surrounding buildings, it was able to store up to 80,000 cu metres of water delivered via 20km of aqueducts from a reservoir near the Black Sea, but was closed when the Byzantine emperors relocated from the Great Palace. Forgotten by the city authorities some time before the Conquest, it wasn't rediscovered until 1545, when scholar Petrus Gyllius was researching Byzantine antiquities in the city and was told by local residents that they were able to miraculously obtain water by lowering buckets into a dark space below their basement floors. Some were even catching fish this way. Intrigued, Gyllius explored the neighbourhood and finally accessed the cistern through one of the basements. Even after his discovery, the Ottomans (who referred to the cistern as Yerebatan Saray) didn't treat the so-called Underground Palace with the respect it deserved – it became a dumping ground for all sorts of junk, as well as corpses.
The cistern was cleaned and renovated in 1985 by the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality and opened to the public in 1987. It's now one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. Walking along its raised wooden platforms, you'll feel the water dripping from the vaulted ceiling and see schools of ghostly carp patrolling the water.
Şerefiye Sarnıcı-The Theodosius Cistern
Şerefiye Sarnıcı, 428 ve 443 tarihleri arasında İmparator II. Theodosius tarafından, Bozdoğan Kemeri (Valens Su Kemeri) vasıtasıyla su depolamasını sağlamak amacıyla inşa edilmiştir. Belgrad Ormanı ve civarındaki su kaynaklarından, Bozdoğan Kemeri kanalı üzerinden “Nymphaeum”, “Zeuksippos Banyoları” ve “Büyük Saray”a su taksimi yapılmaktaydı. Sarnıç, 4. yüzyılda yapılan Binbirdirek Sarnıcı ve daha sonra 6. yüzyılda yaptırılan Yerebatan Sarnıcı ile birlikte İstanbul’un su ihtiyacını yüzyıllar boyu sağlayan su deposu görevini üstlenen eserlerdendir.
İstanbul’un Çemberlitaş semti, Binbirdirek Mahallesi Piyerloti Caddesi üzerinde bulunan sarnıcın üzerine 1910’larda Arif Paşa Konağı, 1950’li yıllarda ise Eminönü Belediye Binası yapılmıştır.
2010 yılında İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi tarafından, Eminönü Belediyesi binasının yıkımı gerçekleştirilmiş, tarihi yapıya zarar vermeden binanın altında kalan, yakın zamana kadar pek bilinmeyen sarnıç ortaya çıkartılmıştır. Sütun sayısı ve yüzölçümü, Yerebatan ve Binbirdirek sarnıçlarından daha az olup, alan ebatları yaklaşık 45x25 metredir. 9 metre yüksekliğinde, 32 adet mermer kolon tarafından desteklenen çatısıyla Şerefiye Sarnıcı, Constantinus ve Theodosius olarak da bilinmektedir. Yerebatan ve Binbirdirek Sarnıçları arasındaki bağlantı gibi, bu sarnıcın da Binbirdirek Sarnıcı’na bağlantılı olduğu tespit edilmiş olup bu konuda ayrıntılı çalışmalar devam etmektedir.
Sarnıç etrafında bulunan betonarme yapıların sökülmesi ile birlikte, çevre düzenlemesi sonrası alan arkeolojik bir park haline dönüştürülmüştür.
Tarihi yapının iç ve dış kısmı aslına uygun bir duruma kavuşturularak dış cepheye giydirilen çelik konstrüksiyon ve cam yüzey ile eser korunaklı hale getirilmiştir. Restorasyonda yapı -Yerebatan Sarnıcı gibi- sadece kendisinin sergileneceği bir müze olarak tasarlanmış, bu işlevine uygun olarak üst giriş setinde tamamen şeffaf bir giriş binası tasarlanmıştır. Tasarımda amaç, 19. yüzyıl duvarının yapılan giriş binasından koparılarak müstakil olarak algılanmasını sağlamaktır. Tamamen şeffaf olan yapıya giriş ve çıkışlar Piyer Loti Caddesi’ndeki ön cepheden sağlanmaktadır.
Yerebatan Sarnıcı ile Binbirdirek Sarnıcı’ndan hem sütun hem de alan olarak daha küçük olan bu yapı yaklaşık 1600 yaşında. Geçmiş dönemlerde Constantinus veya Theodosius Sarnıcı olarak da bilinen yapı 19'uncu yüzyıldan bu yana genellikle Şerefiye Sarnıcı olarak anılmakta.
24 Nisan 2018 tarihinde yerli ve yabancı turistlerin ziyaretine açılan sarnıçta, ayrıca çeşitli sergilerde düzenlenmektedir. 2019 yılı itibariyle de her cumartesi akşamı saat 18:00'de akustik konserler ziyaretçilerin beğenisine sunulmaktadır.
Şerefiye Sarnıcı’nı ziyaret etmek isteyenler sabah 09.00 ile akşam 18.30 saatleri arasında herhangi bir zaman dilimini tercih edebilirler.
The Theodosius Cistern (Greek: Κινστέρνα Θεοδοσίου, Turkish: Şerefiye Sarnıcı) is one of many ancient cisterns of Constantinople that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey. The modern entrance is in Piyer Loti Caddesi, Fatih.
It was built by Roman Emperor Theodosius II between 428 and 443 to store water supplied by the Valens Aqueduct. The Aqueduct of Valens was redistributed by Theodosius from its original supply to the Nymphaeum, the Baths of Zeuxippus and the Great Palace of Constantinople. This redistribution led to the construction of the Theodosius Cistern.
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The area is about 45 by 25 metres (148 by 82 ft) and the roof is supported by 32 marble columns about 9 metres (30 ft) high.
Like the Basilica Cistern and the Binbirdirek Cistern, it is once again open to the public, having being under restoration for eight years(April 2018).
Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
The Basilica Cistern (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayı – Sunken Palace, or Yerebatan Sarnıcı – Sunken Cistern), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople), Turkey. The cistern, located 500 feet (150 m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.
Цисте́рна Бази́лика (греч. Βασιλική Κινστέρναı) — одно из самых крупных и хорошо сохранившихся древних подземных водохранилищ Константинополя, имеющее некоторое сходство с дворцовым комплексом. Расположена в историческом центре Стамбула в районе Султанахмет напротив Собора Святой Софии.
«Цистерна» переводится с греческого как «водохранилище». На 2013 год под Стамбулом найдено более 40 цистерн. В Базилике хранился резерв питьевой воды на случай засухи или осады города, вода доставлялась по водопроводу и акведукам (в том числе и по самому большому акведуку Константинополя — акведуку Валента) из источников Белградского леса, расположенных в 19 км к северу от города.
Incredible Istanbul! We visit the Hagia Sofia, the Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar.
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We visit the Hagia Sofia, the Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul!
In December 2019 we ventured down into the Basilica Cistern and the Hagia Sofia as well as visiting the Grand Bazaar in the historical old centre of Istanbul.
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The Incredible Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
There are hundreds of cisterns buried under Istanbul remaining from the days when Istanbul was Constantinople. One of these has been turned into a restaurant, Sarnic Restaurant, located beside Saint Sophia. Atmospheric with good food.
The Basilica Cistern was built by Justinian in 532 A.D. over a former basilica, ergo the name. Paid the 10 Turkish Lira entrance fee, through the x-ray scanner, down several flights of stairs only to be blown away by the immense and stupifying Basilica Cistern.
This gigantic cistern stored and supplied water to Topkapi Palace and buildings around it. So humungous, covering nearly 1000 sq. meters (2.4 acres) with a water capacity of 80,000 cubic meters (21 million U.S. gallons). AND 336 marble columns.
They sure knew how to build them, didn't they?
Basilica Cistern-Underground Istanbul
The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople), Turkey. They were built to ensure a water supply during a siege. The cistern was first constructed during the reign of Constantine in the 4th Century and was restored and extended by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. There was once a basilica located above, hence the name. The James Bond film, From Russia With Love, was filmed here in 1963.
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Basilica Cistern - Istanbul - Turkey
Below the heart of Istanbul lies the Basilica Cistern, a huge underground water tank constructed by Justinian in the 6th Century. This impressive space features some 336 columns and, since its renovation in the late 80's, a boardwalk with atmospheric lighting and sound.
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Istanbul, Turkey - Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque, Basilica Cistern, and more!
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Travel to Basilica Cistern in Istanbul is a short video of a full documentary about Istanbul. The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul Turkey. The cistern was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.
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