The Basilica of Istanbul ... between myths and historical facts

Updated: Dec 13, 2019


Basilica of Istanbul

The history of the city of Istanbul extends for thousands of years as the incubator of civilizations and empires, and the most prominent of these empires that ruled this city is Byzantine where it used to be called Constantinople back then after the famous Byzantine ruler Constantine, and the Byzantines left many of the priceless archaeological treasures in the city of Istanbul, which is still to this day,and because of them it attracts tourists who love the traces of ancient civilizations and who are interested in stories and myths that relate to each place.

One of the most important monuments of Byzantine and one of the most important historical sights in Istanbul is the Basilica palace or the Basilica cistern, which is known in Turkish as Yerebatan Sarnici.


History of the Basilica Palace

The palace was built on the remains of a public square that was built in the late 3rd century AD, which was named after the Basilica of Stoa. which was a commercial and cultural center,

The structure of the first palace was built by order of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine

To be fully built after that during the reign of Justin in the sixth century AD with the construction of Hagia Sophia.

The name of the basilic cistern comes from the fact that it contains a ground reservoir where water was purified and distributed from it to what was known as the Grand Palace in the Byzantine era.

Water was also distributed from it to the Topkapi Palace during the Ottoman period until the beginning of modern times.


Sections of the Basilica:

The Basilica today is an important tourist attraction in Istanbul and is one of its most mysterious historical attractions which attracts tourists from different countries of the world in addition to being a favorite material for myths, stories, novels and international films over the years.

The palace extends over an area of about 10,000 square meters underground and contains more than 300 columns distributed consistently and consecutive there has been also added to them dim lighting to increase the ambiguity to the atmosphere of the place.

The basilica palace's land is submerged in water with a height of about 50 cm and there are different types of fish that swim in it and there are a number of bridges and corridors for easy movement within the palace.

One of the most important possessions of this place and the source of the myths and stories that are woven about it is the head of the inverted Medusa, a figure of ancient mythology where it is said to turn everyone seen to stone, but its impact goes if her head is put upside down

The palace also has what is known as the wish column, which legends say helps to achieve the hidden aspirations of people if they throw coins at it.


Location of the palace

The Basilica Palace is located in Sultanahmet Square in the Fatih area, where its entrance can be found 150 meters away from the entrance of Hagia Sophia Museum

It is worth mentioning that many concerts and international events are organized in the basilica palace at different times of the year

The Basilica Cistern can be reached by tramway to Sultanahmet Square Station, where the palace is a few minutes' walk from the station.

The palce is open for visitors from 9am to 6pm daily.


on another level, real estate in the location of the basilic palace, which is the real estate of the Fatih area, which we have already mentioned that it is one of the most important sites in the Istanbul real estate market, due to several factors, most importantly its location, and properties prices in this area vary between high and average, depending on the type of the property and the building that it is found within.

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