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Yerebatan sarnıcı of Basilica Cistern

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The Yerebatan sarnıcı has a website where it calls itself the Basilica Cistern. It is situated close to the Haghia Sophia entrance, across the street and the tramway lines. It is a huge cistern, from the Wikipedia I gathered it has 143 x 65 meters and 336 columns. There are three spots that are particularly popular, two Medusa heads supporting columns (one of them is a spot where people will throw coins in, hoping to return someday), another is a column with a peacock feather motive (compare the columns lying along the road near the Laleli tramway stop) where someone had the bright idea of suggesting that putting your finger (or was it a thumb, I didn’t try) in a little hole and turning your hand will make a wish come true. As a result tourists are cuing to perform this silly ceremony.
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