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This is a column with a Medusa head stands upside down.
Beneath Istanbul lie hundreds of gloomy Byzantine cisterns. They're left from the days when Istanbul was Constantinople.

The grandest of all is Yerebatan Saray Sarniçi, called the Basilica (or Sunken Palace) Cistern because of its size (70 x 140 meters, or 2.4 acres), its capacity (80,000 cubic meters—over 21 million US gallons) and its 336 marble columns.

Remember the scene in the old James Bond movie From Russia With Love when Bond is rowing in a small boat through a forest of marble columns? That scene was filmed in Yerebatan.

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  • Copyright: Hakki UCAR (xramm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 278 W: 66 N: 125] (1831)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-03-12
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-12-27 5:51
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