My travel photo for the day was taken inside the Basilica Cistern during my time in Istanbul. This place was super cool and definitely worth the wait to get in. Built in the 6th century, this giant submerged cistern was constructed beneath the site of a much older basilica.
“In 1940, several of the structures built on and around the Basilica Cistern were nationalized and a neat building was constructed at the entrance of the Cistern by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. It was also exposed to a wide range of cleaning process between 1985-1988. Thus dirty water and tons of mud were removed and a promenade platform was built in the cistern. After the cleaning process was completed, the two Medusa heads, masterpieces of the First Age Art of Statuary were used as pedestals at the bottom of the two columns in the northwest corner of the cistern. It is not known exactly when or for what purpose the were antique Medusa and Gorgon heads were brought to the Basilica Cistern.” (source)
One very poignant memory that I have from this location was the magnitude of large, brown fish swimming in the channels below the walking paths. Gross!