Yerebatan Cistern

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Byzantine cistern from the 6th century built by Justinian I and is located to the south-west of Hagia Sophia. The water was brought from Belgrade Forest, 19 kilometers to the north of Istanbul, and it had a capacity to store 100.000 tons of water. It features fine brick vaulting supported by 336 various type of columns brought here from different parts of the Empire. The Basilica Cistern, or Underground (Yerebatan) Cistern as locals call it, now houses a cafeteria and hosts musical and theatrical performances and a Biannual. There are also two Medusa friezes brought from the Temple of Apollo in Didyma (today's Didim). Its dimensions are 140x70x9 meters.

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Comments (80)

Mircea_RAICU on September 1, 2012

Thank you very much !

Yves Faucon on September 3, 2012

Belle réalisation .J'aime. Amicalement. Yves.

bobinov on September 27, 2012

Parade theme picture, beautiful composition and beautiful color. LIKE, favorite.

Mircea_RAICU on November 4, 2012

Multumesc mult pt. vizita si aprecieri ! Ganduri bune !
Many thanks for your visit and kind words !Alwais welcome in my gallery !

Mircea R.

Nelly T on November 27, 2012




galfer on December 11, 2012

Excelente foto interior, me GUSTA-61.

Saludos desde México.


skorpionik00 on January 16, 2013

Wonderful frame, light & reflections! Like

Yosarsif مهدی کلهر on January 16, 2013

Brilliant photography. L♣I♣K♣E, All the best from Iran, Mahdi

Loughcrew....Pano st… on March 9, 2013

It's always nice to see a photo of it. Your shoot is very atmospheric and mysterious. Wonderful .. YSL and have a nice weekend Mircea ;-)


Dimitris Kaliakoudas on March 18, 2013

Εξαιρετική εικόνα ,μου αρέσει και αγαπημένη. Χαιρετισμούς, Δημήτρης.

Mircea_RAICU on June 11, 2013

I'm glad that you like this picture and I'm honored by your visit and kind words ! Anytime welcome between my pictures , Mircea R

Reiner Vogeley on July 7, 2013

The symmetry and color is very beautiful. I like the photo very much. like & Y*

Best regards, Reiner

Mi6art on September 4, 2013

Well done! LIKE

franco benf on September 11, 2013

Fantastic shot like 69

greetings franco

Christos Theodorou on September 12, 2013

Fantastic perspective and management of light into the Basilica Cistern of Istanbul. Greetings, Christos

Neale Jenks on September 16, 2013

Interesting place and great capture...Like...Neale

Suzen N on September 29, 2013

Amazing shot,my friend,I know its not easy to do it underground,in that light.


Another fascinating picture ,well done!!!!


Greetings ,Nikos1954 from Greece-Piraeus.

Anna-Liisa Honkaharj… on November 5, 2013


Mircea_RAICU on February 7, 2014

Thank you very much , best wishes !
Sorry for delayed answer , Mircea R.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 30, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Mircea_RAICU
    • Taken on 2011/08/02 11:49:39
    • Exposure: 1.000s
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash