Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

Hubby and I went to see Inferno last night. Inferno is the fourth book in Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon Series. The movie was shot in various places, but the climax happens in “the sunken palace”.


“As far as Langdon could see, the floor of this underground world was a glassy sheet of water- dark, still, smooth- like black ice on a frozen New England pond. The lagoon that reflects no stars.”-Inferno

I read the novel before our trip to Turkey back in 2014, and I made sure the sunken palace, Yerebatan Sarayi was part of our itinerary.

“Follow deep into the sunken palace…”-Inferno

It’s a fascinating structure. It was built in the 6th century. It served as a basilica, then a cistern that provided a water filtration system for the Great Palace of Constinople, the Topkapi Palace after the Ottoman conquest of 1453. Now, it’s a popular tourist attraction.

“Rising out of the water, meticulously arranged in seemingly endless rows, were hundreds of thick Doric columns…lit from below by a series of individual red spotlights, creating a surreal forest of illuminated trunks…”-Inferno

I have forgotten details in the book, so it was fun connecting with Inferno, and at the same time reminiscing about our trip to Istanbul. It was one of the best trips we  did.



About Dee Gilbert

I am one half of a couple who loves to travel; the half who likes to write and share travel experiences. Reading about travelers' experiences inspire me more to see the world. So, I thought, perhaps in my own little way I could inspire others, too. :)
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5 Responses to Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

  1. Great to see such a sight! By the way, how did the book compare with the movie? Did you like one over the other?

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  2. arlene says:

    This is just so lovely Dee.

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