Basilica Cistern

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29January

Basilica Cistern

One of the magnificent historical buildings of Istanbul is the Basilica Cistern located in the southwest of Hagia Sophia. This large underground cistern built by the Byzantine emperor Justinianus (527-565) was named as the “Basilica Palace” among the people because of the marble columns rising from the water. It is also known as the Basilica Cistern since there was a Basilica in the place where the cistern was. Basilica Cistern is the biggest closed cistern in Istanbul. Cistern is entered from the small building to the west of the Hagia Sophia building. The ceiling of the space, which has the appearance of a column forest, is covered with bricks and cross vaulted. It was named after this name because of a basilica nearby. The history of the Basilica Cistern does not fit on this page. Evaluate the privilege of accommodation at our boutique hotels in Besiktas right next to the history and discover the history of Istanbul on the spot.