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The Basilica (Underground) Cistern

Also known as the Sunken Palace, it was used as the water reservoir for the Byzantine Great Palaceduring the reign of Justinian in 532. Inside the huge building, there is a few feet of water but wooden walkwayshave been built for visitors. There are 336 columns supporting a cathedral ceiling and some of them were taken from torn-down temples. The interior of the building has special dim lighting and classical music is played to create aneerie atmosphere.

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