Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Egypt & Turkey Part 24: Basilica Cistern

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Laying underneath the city of Istanbul is the Casilica Cistern, it was built in the 6th century.

It able to hold capable of holding 80,000 cubic metres/100,000 tons of water, though at the moment it contains almost no water, with only a few feet of water lining the bottom.

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In the northwest corner of the cistern, the bases of two columns reuse blocks carved with the statue face of Medusa.

No one really knows why the faces are upside down and laying on its side. They say the faces laying down or upside down would be that it would so anyone who looked at her face wouldn't turn into stone.
 
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Turkey was such a wonderful country, and I saw so many things. It was really hard to leave it and I hope I will be able to visit it again. But now I must say goodbye to Turkey as I head back to Egypt for the final part of my trip.

Farewell Turkey!

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