24 April Tuesday

Şerefiye Cistern Opens to Visitors by Mayor Uysal…

Şerefiye Cistern, one of the cisterns of Istanbul that has 1590 year history was opened by Istanbul mayor Mr. Mevlüt Uysal for visitors in Istanbul.

The cistern that was built at the age of II Theodosius Byzantium Emperor in years of 428-443 is older 100 years more that basilica cistern named Yerebatan Sarnıcı.

Şerefiye Cistern on Fatih Piyerloti Street was opened on April 24th, 2018 for visitors following 8 year restoration. It is planned to turn the opening of cistern to a show. “Hiç Hali” (status of nihil) of Iranian artist Ahmet Nejat will be showed and golden colored globe and his writing encircling the globe ‘Love and Nihil’, voice designs composed of Mevlana’s poems and words to be reflected on water are the one of few in the show.

On the ground level, over Şerefiye Cistern there was Arif Pasha Mansion built in 1910 and old building of Eminonu Municipality built in 1950. In 2010, building demolition of the Municipality building was done and restoration commenced. Restoration works finally have been completed under responsibility of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) and was opened on April 24th, Tuesday. The distinct cultural and art events have been organized in the opening ceremony of the cistern.

The Şerefiye Cistern was built by Roman Emperor Theodosius II between 428 and 443 to store water supplied by the Valens Aqueduct. The Aqueduct of Valens was redistributed by Theodosius from its original supply to the Nymphaeum, the Baths of Zeuxippus and the Great Palace of Constantinople. This redistribution led to the construction of the Theodosius Cistern.

The area is about 45 by 25 metres (148 by 82 ft) and the roof is supported by 32 marble columns about 9 metres (30 ft) high.


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