The cistern was built in the 6th century during the reign of Justinian. This is entrance, looks like small house but great build underground. There are 336 marble columns here. In addition, the famous point is Medusa column base, nowadays, it still mystery about why former put the Medusa base here. I felt like in a different place if compared with outside. The light, environment etc make Basilica Cistern a special atmosphere.
Entrance of Basilica Cistern 宮殿入口
Indoor of Basilica Cistern , puddle of water there but not deep. Some fishes visible.
Medusa column base 梅杜莎柱基
About Medusa, Greek mythology will be good reference.
Hagia Sophia聖索菲亞大教堂 25 TRY/person
It is almost 1500 years since Hagia Sophia has been built, its dome is famous. The buildings was church originally, then became a mosque; nowadays, it is a museum. Therefore, people can see Jesus and Islamic mihrab at the same time here.
Appearance of Hagia Sophia 大教堂的外觀
I felt its magnificent when I entered the buildings, looked the great dome, it seems people are very small. However, there was a part of inside renovating when we visited it, a little pity; otherwise it would be more glorious.
We can see the Jesus on the dome, and Islamic mihrab in the middle place.
After first floor, we continue to go upstair. Instead of stairs, the way up is spiral gentle slope, it located in the end of entrance corridor. I thought that the atmosphere of spiral slope is mystery~
There are some Christian mosaics in second floor,
they are usually made in 11 or 12 centuries.
In addition, some relative buildings and historical remains can see outside the main building. Read it, and experience more history of Hagia Sophia.
I am impressed about the great of the building.
To experience the strong of the Byzantine Empire in ancient times, it will be helpful to understand the learned knowledge.