THE SUBMERGED PALACE

May 28, 2019
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In the heart of Istanbul, in the heart of the old city even the underground becomes an archaeological place.

The ancient water reservoir turns into a romantic tourist attraction that attracts visitors from all over the world.

Underwater Palace (Yerebatan Sarnıcı)

With dim lights and a tranquil atmosphere in the reservoir, it is located underground southwest of Hagia Sophia and is one of the largest ancient reservoirs in the world. Built in the 16th century by the Byzantines, the reservoir was used to collect rainwater to water the city. It was designed to reach water from everywhere, even gutters pouring from Hagia Sophia.

Nowadays, the reservoir has become a tourist place of intense beauty. Without interruption as music added to the beauty of the place, and placed bridges in the form of corridors to help you wander around the place, and there is a small café serving visitors and overlooking the entire submerged palace.

As the palace contained water and fish in the past, it carried many ancient mythology. At the end of the palace, the legendary Madiosa stands with its slanted head and the other inverted with its sharp looks. Madiosa, whose legends were told in the old that it turns all who intended evil place to stone, contained at the end of the story of the submerged palace. Reservoir.

When you visit the Sultanahmet area and the old city, you should not exceed the length of the tourists in front of the entrance of the reservoir, which seems from the outside as a small room that does not occur to the visitor as a gateway to an underground palace. The entrance is located in the west of the square between Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet and the entrance ticket is only ten Turkish lira.It is a five minute walk from Sultanahmet Tram Station to the front of the gate that takes you to the world of beauty in an underground palace.

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