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The Underground Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey

The Underground Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey

A wide angle view of the columns of the Yerebatan Sarnici, or "Sunken Cistern" beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey. This amazing feat of engineering was constructed by reportedly up to 7,000 slaves. It is capable of holding 100,000 tons of water, which provided a filtration system for the Great Palace of Constantinople, and continued to provide water to the Topkapi Palace after the Ottoman conquest in 1453, and into modern times
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