Basilica Cistern

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The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, showing an archway supported by large pillars
Yèrè-Batan-Seraï, Constantinople.

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View of the Basilica Cistern (known in Turkish as Yerebatan Sarnıcı, or Yerebatan Saray Sarnıçı, which means “the Sunken Cistern,” or “the Sunken Palace Cistern”) showing an archway supported by large pillars and covered in water. The Basilica Cistern is the largest of the ancient cisterns in Istanbul and was built in the sixth century.

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