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Basilica Cistern

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  • Day180

    Istanbul, versunkener Palast

    November 2 in Turkey

    Dann gehen wir in die Wasserzisterne, auch versunkenen Palast genannt. Leider ist die Hälfte abgesperrt und Baustelle. Wasser ist auch keins da. Das war damals anders.

    Danach gehen wir Essen. 2013 haben wir Gemüse in einem Tonkrügen zubereitet bekommen. Da sind wir dann auch diemal hin. Der Tonkrug wird am Tisch erst aufgeklopft. Sehr lecker.

    Zuletzt wollten wir noch in die Blaue Moschee, war aber schon zu, Abendgebet.

    Also genießen wir die Aussicht vom Stellplatz.
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  • Day7

    Istanbul

    May 16, 2015 in Turkey

    We have arrived at Istanbul! We got off of the boat at about 9am and we didn't have to be back on deck until 6pm. Because I am coming back here during the Ultimate European tour I decided not to do the guided tour because it is included in my other tour but instead walk around with Ben, Lee, Nick, Jessica and Arwel.
    First off we caught the tram to the Grand Bizarre, I bought myself a new pair of pants and a beautiful scarf. There was quite a few people in there at the time but I think it could get a lot busier. After we left we sat down at at café to use the wi-fi and ordered what I would describe as a white coffee with cinnamon on top, it was so yummy - I just have to find out the name of it.
    While walking around I bought a bag of chestnuts, they weren't very nice but at least I tried it!
    For lunch we managed to find a little café walking down a side street, the café had a really laid back feel to it. There was art work and graffiti across from it and they were playing Bob Marley ? oh and the food was pretty good as well.
    Last thing we did before heading back to this ship was the Spice Market, it was crazy full! I couldn't wait to get out of there haha. On the walk back to the ship we came across the random rainbow stairs haha.
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  • Day3

    Day 3 in Istanbul

    May 19 in Turkey

    Today was a very long day. I left the hotel at 9.30am and got back at 8pm. I started the day with a trip to the blue mosque. It was full of groups of Chinese tourists even at 10am. There is only a very small section open to tourists so I was a little bit sad that I couldnt see much of the mosque. After this I scouted for people to take photos of me 😂. Seemed to work out well because I got photos off 4 different people in 4 different close locations.

    After this I took a steep hilly walk to the spice bazaar. There wasnt much for me to see and I didnt buy anything. So I continued to Eminou pier where I ordered a fish sandwich. The fish is fresh and you can see local men fishing around the pier. After this it was time to hop on a boat to the Asian side of Turkey (kadikoy). I didnt spend longer than an hour in kadikoy because it was so crowded. But I did some shopping and noticed its literally so much cheaper on the Asian side. A pair of trousers that costs 25 lira on the European side costs 15 lira on the Asian side.
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  • Day2

    Day 2 in Istanbul

    May 18 in Turkey

    I didnt have the greatest sleep last night. But the hotel breakfast buffet seemed to solve this problem because it was amazing. I had olives, borek, fresh eggs, and Turkish tea. I started my day at Topkapi Palace which is massive! You need at least 2 hours to see the whole thing. It was definitely worth the visit for me. Then I went to the grand bazaar which was awful. It really is a tourist trap and over priced. I didnt buy anything and discovered that there are markets outside the grand bazaar where all the Turkish people go. These markets are so much cheaper. So I bought some stuff from there and headed back to the hotel. Time seems to be going very fast in Turkey. I only did 2 activities but it took the whole day. For dinner I had some sort of Turkish beef stew. The restaurant gave me free baklava afterwards which was nice.Read more

  • Day5

    Basilica Cisterna

    May 21 in Turkey

    Nach Frühstück und check out deponieren wir unser Gepäck noch für einige Stunden im Hotel und machen wir auf zur Basilica Cistern, dem ehemaligen Wasserspeicher der Stadt Istanbul, in dem Szenen aus dem Davinci Code und einem James Bond Film gedreht wurden.
    Danach lassen wir in einem Kaffee noch ein wenig die Seele baumeln und genießen die letzte Stunde bei Kaffee und Sonnenschein, bevor wir uns via StraßenBahn auf den Weg zum Flughafen machen.Read more

  • Day2

    Hagia Sophia

    May 18 in Turkey

    Anschließend stellen wir uns schon mal in die Warteschlange vor dem Eingang der Hagia Sophia, da wir das Glück haben, dass diese heute Abend aufgrund der „europäischen Nacht der Museen“ Nachts (19-22) geöffnet ist. (Das passiert nur genau einmal im Jahr) Nach 40-minütiger Wartezeit können wir die Hagia Sophia sogar kostenlos betreten.Read more

  • Day32

    Basilica Cistern

    July 11, 2016 in Turkey

    This morning we went for a nice walk to the Basilica Cistern this was a recommendation from one of the people went met on the cruise. I am glad we went as it is an incredible structure.

    The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople). The cistern was built in the 6th century.

    The subterranean cistern was called Basilica because it was located under a large public square on the First Hill of Constantinople, the Stoa Basilica. At this location, and prior to constructing the cistern, a great Basilica stood in its place, built between the 3rd and 4th centuries during the Early Roman Age as a commercial, legal and artistic centre. The basilica was reconstructed by Illus after a fire in 476.

    Ancient texts indicated that the basilica contained gardens, surrounded by a colonnade and facing the Hagia Sophia. According to ancient historians, Emperor Constantine built a structure that was later rebuilt and enlarged by Emperor Justinian after the Nika riots of 532, which devastated the city.

    Historical texts claim that 7,000 slaves were involved in the construction of the cistern.

    The enlarged cistern provided a water filtration system for the Great Palace of Constantinople and other buildings on the First Hill, and continued to provide water to the Topkapı Palace after the Ottoman conquest in 1453 and into modern times.

    The cathedral size cistern is an underground chamber approximately 138 metres by 65 metres about 9,800 square metres in area capable of holding 80,000 cubic metres of water.

    The ceiling is supported by a forest of 336 marble columns, each 9 metres high, arranged in 12 rows of 28 columns each spaced 5 metres apart. The tops of the columns are mainly Ionic and Corinthian styles, with the exception of a few Doric style with no engravings. One of the columns is engraved with raised pictures of a Hen's Eye, slanted braches, and tears. This column resembles the columns of the Triumphal Arch of Theodosius I from the 4th century. Ancient texts suggest that the tears on the column pay tribute to the hundreds of slaves who died during the construction of the Basilica Cistern.The majority of the columns in the cistern appear to have been recycled from the ruins of older buildings likely brought to Constantinople from various parts of the empire, together with those that were used in the construction of Hagia Sophia. They are carved and engraved out of various types of marble and granite.

    Fifty-two stone steps descend into the entrance of the cistern. The cistern is surrounded by a firebrick wall with a thickness of 4 metres and coated with a waterproofing mortar. The Basilica Cistern's water came from the Eğrikapı Water Distribution Centre in the Belgrade Forest, which lies 19 km north of the city.The cistern has the capacity to store 100,000 tons of water. It is virtually empty today with only a few feet of water lining the bottom.

    The weight of the cistern lies on the columns by means of the cross-shaped vaults and round arches of its roof.

    The Basilica Cistern has undergone several restorations since its foundation. The first of the repairs were carried out twice during the Ottoman State in the 18th century . The second major repair was completed during the 19th century (1876–1909). Cracks to masonry and damaged columns were repaired in 1968, with additional restoration in 1985 by the Istanbul Metropolitan Museum. During the 1985 restoration, 50,000 tons of mud was removed from the cisterns, and platforms built throughout to replace the boats once used to tour the cistern.

    The cistern opened to the public in its current condition on 9 September 1987.

    Located in the northwest corner of the cistern, the bases of two columns blocks are carved of Medusa. The origin of the two heads is unknown, it is thought that the heads were brought to the cistern after being removed from a building of the late Roman period. There is no written evidence that suggests they were used as column pedestals previously. Tradition has it that the blocks are oriented sideways and inverted in order to negate the power of the Gorgons Gaze.
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  • Day3

    Cisterna Basilica

    October 29, 2016 in Turkey

    Maaaannnnnnnn war das eine tolle Atmosphäre! Leider gerät da die Handykamera völlig an ihre Grenzen... Auch unbedingt googlen!!

  • Day10

    Basilica Cistern

    June 25, 2016 in Turkey

    Dan Brown's "Inferno", which Larry read last year, contains a vivid chase scene through the Basilica Cistern. We had to check it out! Plus it was very cave like. The underground cistern originally held the water supply for the palace in Istanbul but now contains only about a foot of water. It was mostly too dark for pictures but we got some shots of the columns of Medusa which are positioned upside down.
    After our morning sightseeing, we were warmly welcomed to lunch by the proprietor of The Han Restaurant and enjoyed Gozleme prepared by a older woman in the window of the cafe. As we were to experience throughout Istanbul, the Turkish hospitality included a flavorful tea, on the house.
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