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A 6th-Century Cistern Hidden Below a Carpet Store

In Istanbul, a carpet store filled with beautiful goods sits atop a hidden gem. Head below the store, and you’ll discover one of the city’s ancient cisterns. Few people know to even look for this historical treasure.

The Nakilbent cistern isn’t as large as the famous Basilica Cisterns, but it’s still a wonderfully preserved example of a sixth-century Byzantine water tank. Its 18 marble columns support giant brick arches, and the space itself is expansive and cavernous, lending an air of mystery to the atmosphere.

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