November 13, 2012

Wonders of Constantinople's Underground Water World to Go on Display in Istanbul


The atmospheric and cavernous underground Basilica Cistern is a well-known tourist attraction in Istanbul.

Famously used as a backdrop in James Bond movie From Russia with Love, the 6th century cistern provided a fresh water supply for buildings including the Emperor's palace.

It seems the structure merely scratches the surface of ancient engineering.

British archaeologists, working with Turkish scientists, have revealed a vast water supply system that served the Byzantine-era city of Constantinople, now Istanbul.

And the marvel will be the focus of a newly opened exhibition in the Turkish city which its organisers hope will bring to life the intricate network of water channels, tunnels and bridges that dates to the fourth century. 

It is not known whether the Basilica Cistern is a major feature of the show.

Called 'Waters for a Capital', the exhibition at the RCAC Gallery uses photographs and computer graphics to show how researchers have documented the monuments for the first time.

Visitors will be able to 'fly' through tunnels, emerge out of the other side and zoom over bridges. There will also be plans to explore and videos to watch.

Read more on Daily Mail: Wonders of Constantinople's Underground Water World to Go on Display in Istanbul

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