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Basilica Cistern in Istanbul (Turkey)

Address: Yerebatan Caddesi 13
Web: http://www.yerebatan.com
Part of the world: Europe
Country: Turkey (see more Archaeology in Turkey)
City: Istanbul (see more Archaeology in Istanbul)
Type of place: Sights
Category: Archaeology (see more Archaeology near Basilica Cistern)
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The Basilica Cistern (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayi "Sunken Palace" or Yerebatan Sarnici "Submerged Tank") is the largest of the 60 ancient cisterns built under the city of Istanbul (formerly Byzantium and Constantinople) in Turkey during the Byzantine era. It is a hundred yards southwest of the Hagia Sophia in the historic peninsula Sarayburnu. It was built in a few months in the year 532, during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. The cistern was built to avoid the vulnerability that meant for the city during a siege that destroyed the Aqueduct of Valens. The name of the underground structure from a large public square in the capitol of Constantinople, the Stoa of the Basilica, under which was originally built (other sources indicate it comes from a basilica built earlier in the same emplazamiento1). According to ancient historians, the emperor Constantine the Great built a structure that was later rebuilt and enlarged by the emperor Justinian after the Nika riots of 532.
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