A wonder of water and light

Istanbul – I’ve seen and experienced so many things that I’m wondering where to start?

Let take you underground first. This is where my favourite place in Istanbul is.

Perhaps the most impressive wonder of Istanbul is the 6th century Basilica Cistern – Yerebatan Sarayı ‘Sunken Palace’, or Yerebatan Sarnıcı ‘Sunken Cistern’ in Turkish. Built in the 4th century by Constintine, and finished and enlarged by Justinian in the 6th century, this is a Byzantine cistern, with a capacity to store 100,000 tons of water. It is a spacious underground chamber, its ceiling supported by 336 columns brought over from all corners of the Byzantine empire. However prosaic it may sounds, this incredible structure is a thing of true beauty. Today it stands as a wonder of light and darkness, of water and stone.

Like in many places in Istanbul, I do wish I’d had a tripod with me.

Yes, you may say it’s left quite an impression on me.🙂

Water in flames

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  1. Stvarno je čarobno ovo mjesto, a tvoje fotografije prekrasne.

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  2. That looks amazing. A wonder of both engineering and longevity. And so beautiful too. It’s funny how, like the arched train shed at St Pancras, function can lead to such beauty. There is something wonderful about the mix of solid and liquid, stone and water here. It’s timeless.

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  3. These photos look breathe-taking. One day, I will visit Turkey…

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  4. My dream … One day I will visit.

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  5. Gorgeous photos Maninas – I’m glad you had such an inspiring trip.

    And your blog is looking lovely too – it’s a little while since I’ve been over here and I hadn’t seen your smart new design before. Great colours for showing off your photos well.

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  6. Mrzim te!😀😛

    Mi smo planirali putovanje u Tursku ovo proljeće ali smo zbog sveopće situacije u državi odustali.
    Jako ti zavidim na ovom putovanju jer mi je Istanbul već duže vrijeme broj jedan grad koji želim vidjeti.🙂

    Fotke su divne, tako su atmosferične da uopće nije važno što su fotkane iz ruke.🙂

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  7. Thanks, guys!

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