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The Binbirderek or 1001 Column Cistern

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The cistern is much larger than I can show, since part of it is walled in. It is more than a third the size of the Yerebatan Saray, elsewhere in this gallery. It was probably started by Philoxenus, a Roman senator who came to the city with Constantine the Great. A notice outside indicates it was built by (maybe enlarged?) in 428-433 under Theodosius II, second emperor of the Byzantine empire after Arcadius. Binbirdirek means "with a 1001 pillars".

I have only a few pictures
Binbirdirek cistern
Binbirdirek cistern
Binbirdirek cistern
Binbirdirek cistern
Binbirdirek cistern
Binbirdirek cistern
Binbirdirek cistern
Binbirdirek cistern