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Basilica Cistern

Some more photos from our trip to Istanbul. This time the atmospheric Basilica Cistern (aka Yerebatan Sarnici) under the heart of Sultanahmet. This underground cistern was probably built by Constantine and then enlarged by Justinian in the sixth century and supplied the Great Palace with water. The medusa head (one of two) serves as the base of a column and comes from an older building, as does the slimy column with the weird pattern, actually peacock tail feathers, which looks like something from Lovecraft.

I"m pretty sure this cistern is described by Naomi Novik in Black Powder War, one of the Temeraire series of novels which is partly set in Constantinople. I liked her description so much I scribbled it down and used it when the PCs descend into the Hidden Quarter for the first time in the Parsantium campaign.

     





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kb98
May. 5th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Also in Horror on the Orient Express!
What wonderfully atmospheric pictures. Did you take them yourself??
richgreen01
May. 5th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Also in Horror on the Orient Express!
No, I don't believe I did - I think you did! Funny that it was in Orient Express!
pastryproducts
May. 5th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Also in Horror on the Orient Express!
I'm currently running it at the moment, and we're in Constantinople! Any photos of the Shunned Mosque for me? :D
richgreen01
May. 7th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Also in Horror on the Orient Express!
Nothing suitable I'm afraid - sorry.
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