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Their proudest fact – on the magnificent Bystantine water storage cistern – is that James Bond was filmed here. That’s James Bond circa 1963, From Russia with Love. There are a couple of these ‘Sunken Palaces’ (Yerebatan Sarnici) in Istanbul open to visitors. This one is right between the Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia, so no excuse not to visit. It is ranked #8 of 489 things to do in Istanbul by Lonely Planet Travellers… There are 336 pillars holding up the roof 26 foot above, with enough space to hold 80 million gallons of water. Now there are walk ways and a café…

Certainly not an ideal photography location – especially with no tripod. Gloomy. So this series of six are the best I could do under the circumstances…

Photo Gallery: Istanbul Water Cistern

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  1. Natalie says:

    I had problems shooting in there as well. Wish I had known before hand to take the tripod.

    Ps – You should also put some sharing buttons on your posts so it is easy to share to Twitter and FB

    • andrew says:

      I’m not sure that with all the crowds and running kiddies that a tripod would be that beneficial down in the depths! To think, a child might trip and fall in the water… how dreadful that might be… ;-)

  2. Wow – it’s pretty dark! But definitely impressive. Love the first shot. Challenging conditions!!

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