The Basilica Cistern was used for water storage 1,500 years ago, when a computer-chip factory was comtemplated in the vicinity and Justinian figured it would be a good opportunity to sell the population on a water system that was otherwise unneeded. Finally, it is a source of revenue, with tourists charged 10 lira a head.
Images of Istanbul II
Photos in Gallery: 21
Posted: May 29, 2008
Gazette columnist Carl Strock took some photographs on his recent trip to Istanbul, Turkey, and as a no-cost addition to his blog he posted a selection of them so that you, the reader, can view them.