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. 🙂