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The Basilica Cistern, is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. It has built by the Romans in 3rd century for providing water to the city. Turkish name of the place "yerebatan" means "sunken" in English.
The Basilica Cistern was the largest underground cistern, it was used to supply water to the city of Constantinople. The Byzantines had in purpose built large cisterns to store water in order not to be in short supply of water during the summer. The tank is a large underground room with columns that…