The Yerebatan Cistern, located in the middle of the Historical Peninsula, was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinianus (527-565) in 542 AD to meet the water requirement of the Great Palace. Due to its splendor among the marble columns rising from the water, it is also referred to as the Yerebatan Palace by the public. It is reported that the name of Basilica (Basilica) passing in foreign sources comes from the Ilius Basilica near the cistern.
General Knowlegde and Folk Myths
Yerebatan Cistern is a giant building covering an area of 9.800 m2. There are 336 columns, each 9 meters high. These columns, which are erected at certain intervals, bring 12 rows to 28 rows, in each row. These columns rising in the water are reminiscent of a vast forest, and the visitor is not allowed to enter the cistern. The two Medusa heads used as bases under the two columns in the northwest corner of the square are one of the masterpieces of the Roman sculpture art. Many legends based on mythology about Medusa make this cistern even more mysterious. According to one myth, Medusa is one of the three Gorgons, the female monster of the underworld. Only these three sisters are Snake Medusa and have the power to turn their ministers into stones. At that time, it was thought that Medusa was placed here with the idea that the paintings and sculptures of Gorgona heads were put in order to protect the great structures and special places from evil. According to another custom, Medusa was a girl who boasted with black eyes, long hair and beautiful body. For a long time Zeus’s son loves Perseus. Meanwhile, Athene loves Perseus and envies Medusa. For this, Athene puts Medusa’s hair in terrible snakes. No matter whom Medusa looks at, no one can see the stone. After seeing him in this form, Perseus excitedly thinks that Medusa is enchanted, cuts his head, wins many battles by taking his head and turning his enemies into stones. After this fact, it is said that Medusa had been processed in the ancient Byzantine in reverse and sideways to the sword and the pillars.
Lounch Options at Istanbul
Baylan’s guppy, Hünkar’s ayvalı yahnisi, Bulgarian ski, Uskudar Kanaat Restaurant’s pot dishes, Yaşar Usta’s kavudan freeze, Zeynel’s chicken breast and winner, Karaköy Güllüoğlu’s baklava, Sarıyer Börekçisi’s pastry, The logic of Emek Mantı, The cake shop of Ağa Restaurant, Baby Abbas waffle, Loft’s fig-crushed profiterole, Restaurant’s red pepper soup, Hacı Abdullah’s composts, Develi’s chickpeas, Ziya’s pumped zucchini dessert, Travel Pastry’s hot chocolate, Yakup’s kibble salad, Taste of tripe, Set of fish chokoreci, Sling Stone’s Lie Down
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Where to Stay in Istanbul
Arnavutköy, Avcılar, Bahcelievler, Bakirkoy, Başakşehir, Bayrampaşa, Besiktas, Beylikduzu, Beyoglu, Sarıyer, Silivri, Sultangazi, Beykoz, Çekmeköy, Kadikoy, Maltepe, Uskudar
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How to Go
How to get there: Cistern is right next to the Hagia Sophia Museum. Those who want to reach can get to Cistern by taking a tram from Eminönü. You have to be in Sultanahmet stop, the cistern is located on Yerebatan street.If you want to reach Eminönü from the Anatolian side, it will be faster to go on the ferry. If you want to pass from Taksim to Eminönü you can go to the bus stop, but if you want to go walking, watching the sea and fishermen, you can reach Eminönü in twenty minutes on foot.
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