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Istanbul Exhibits Byzantine Marvel

Posted: Nov. 13th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Basilica Cistern in Istanbul
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

Rome was well known for its aqueducts, and Istanbul's Basilica Cistern is a famous tourist attraction and centerpiece for Byzantine waterworks. The city is putting up an exhibition to feature photographs and computerized images to demonstrate and document the intricate architecture.

The atmospheric and cavernous underground Basilica Cistern is a well-known tourist attraction in Istanbul.

Famously used as a backdrop in James Bond movie From Russia with Love, the 6th century cistern provided a fresh water supply for buildings including the Emperor's palace.

It seems the structure merely scratches the surface of ancient engineering.

Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

British archaeologists, working with Turkish scientists, have revealed a vast water supply system that served the Byzantine-era city of Constantinople, now Istanbul.

And the marvel will be the focus of a newly opened exhibition in the Turkish city which its organisers hope will bring to life the intricate network of water channels, tunnels and bridges that dates to the fourth century.


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