The Sinking Palace


The Sinking Palace is a nickname for the Basilica Cistern below Istanbul. Built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinianus I in the sixth century, the cistern once held enough water for the entire city-26 million gallons! The columns and archways were recycled from earlier Roman ruins. The cistern was forgotten for hundreds of years until rediscovered by a Dutch traveler in the 1500s. Now, the Sinking Palace is a tourist attraction for Istranbul. Link

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I went there when I was thirteen!
It was so exciting, yet creepy.
My friends and I kept imagining basilisks (from Harry Potter) coming up and eating us. It was the perfect place for something like that to happen.
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I got to go there in December, actually-- it was not far down the street from my hotel. Evidently some people have weddings down there, which I thought sounded amazing.
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