This is the Basilica Cistern, the largest of several hundred Istambul's cisterns. It's near of Hagia Sophia (150 m). It was built in the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Justinian I.

This chamber measures approximately 138 m by 65 m and it's capable of holding 80.000 cubic meters of water. It has a forest of 336 marble columns with a height of 9 meters. The capitals of the columns are mainly Ionic and Corinthian styles, but there are a few Dorics. We can found two bases of columns with the shape of Medusa's head, the origin of these are unknown, but there are inverted so it's thought that was like a revenge against previous gods and mythology.

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