The Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, Turkey
Near the Hippodrome and the centre of ancient Constantinople is the largest Cistern in the city. There is nothing to see from the street level because all of the magic is happening below the streets and parks and buildings. There are several hundred cisterns in the city.
For an additional charge, you can have your picture taken while you are dressed in the silk apparel of a Sultan.
This magical space has been an inspirational setting for many novels and movies. In 1963, the James Bond story, From Russia with Love, took a boat through the cistern and filmed many scenes in the city nearby. The cistern is featured in Clive and Dirk Cussler’s 2010 Dirk Pitt fiction novel, Crescent Dawn and The Navigator. In 2013 Jean-Baptiste Andrea’s film thriller Brotherhood of Tears filmed parts here. Dan Brown featured the inverted Medusa pillar in the 2013 novel Inferno and of course the movie too. In the 2015 Marvel novel Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl, the climax takes place in this cistern.
It seems like the length and width change frequently
Of course, a cistern has to be filled with water. And where there is water there can be fish. I am wondering if they serve the same purpose as the canary in the mine.
Where it is less well lit, it is nice to have handrails along the walkways.