The cistern was built by Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century to store up to 80,000m3 of water and channel it to nearby palaces. Supported by 336 Ionic and Corinthian columns, it also features two column bases of unknown origin that are shaped like the head of Medusa and invariably attract a lot of attention from visitors.
|Venue name:||Basilica Cistern||Contact:|
Yerebatan Caddesi 13
|Opening hours:||Daily 08.30-18.30|