Sunken Palace

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What the Ottomans called Yerebatan Sarayi (Sunken Palace) is in fact a 6C Byzantine underground cistern that supplied water to the palace of the emperor Justinian. Clever plays of light coupled with the background dripping of water add to the theatrical aspect of a tour along the walkways of this cistern, where a forest of superbly restored columns emerge from the water and are reflected in it. Historiated Corinthian capitals and strange Medusa heads from an early pagan temple lend an additional sense of mystery to the overall scene.

Useful information

Address:

Yerebatan Cad. Istanbul

Price:

20 TL

Opening hours

9am-7pm

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Summer temperatures in Istanbul frequently hit the thirties (Celsius)! So, should you find yourself in former Constantinople at this time of the year, be it for business or pleasure, watch out for sunburn and heatstroke. Fortunately however, this huge metropolis is far from lacking in resources for anyone seeking a refreshing refuge from the fierce summer sun.
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