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Interior Of The Basilica Cistern . This Cathedral Size Cistern Is An Underground ...

Interior Of The Basilica Cistern . This Cathedral Size Cistern Is An Underground ...

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Description: Interior of the Basilica Cistern . This cathedral size cistern is an underground chamber approximately 138 metres ( 453 ft ) by 64 . 6 metres ( 212 ft ) [5] about 9 , 800 square metres ( 105 , 000 sq ft ) in area capable of holding 80 , 000 cubic metres ( 2 , 800 , 000 cu ft ) of water . The ceiling is supported by a forest of 336 marble columns , each 9 metres ( 30 ft ) high , arranged in 12 rows of 28 columns each spaced 4 . 9 metres ( 16 ft ) apart . The capitals of the columns are mainly Ionic and Corinthian styles , with the exception of a few Doric style with no engravings . 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 ( 13 ft ) and coated with a waterproofing mortar . The Basilica Cisterns water came from the Eğ ; ; ; rikapı ; ; ; Water Distribution Center in the Belgrade Forest , which lie 19 kilometres ( 12 mi ) north of the city . It traveled through the 971 metres ( 3 , 186 ft ) long Valens ( Bozdoğ ; ; ; an ) Aqueduct , and the 115 . 45 metres ( 378 . 8 ft ) long Mağ ; ; ; lova Aqueduct , which was built by the Emperor Justinian . Istanbul , Turkey , Europe , Asia Minor .

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