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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Light of the Basilica Cistern

Built in the 6th century under Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, the Basilica Cistern is the largest and most beautiful of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Camera: NX500
Copyright: © Cole Menassa-Rafla