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Yerebatan sarnıcı, Basilica Cistern | Sultan Sarnıcı, Sultan’s cistern | Binbirderek or 1001 Column Cistern | Zeyrek Cisterns | Mocius Cistern | Aspar cistern

Mocius Cistern

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With its 170 x 147 meters this is the largest of the open-air cisterns. It was constructed under Emperor Anastasius (491-518) and fell into disuse in later Byzantine times. It was named after a famous church nearby, the St. Mocius (Mocius was a local martyr under Diocletion). Strolling through Istanbul mentions it was used as a vegetable garden and orchard, but when I visited it was a nice park and playground, a very hospitable place.
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Istanbul some random shots May 2014 6782.jpg
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Istanbul some random shots May 2014 6784.jpg
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Istanbul some random shots May 2014 6786.jpg
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Istanbul some random shots May 2014 6787.jpg