Underground (Yerebatan) Cistern

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.

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