Binbirdirek Cistern or Sarnici Istanbul
The LegendThe cistern also has a legend of a 17th century woman, Cevahirli Hanım Sultan, ordering her beautiful servant Tayyarzade to entice men into her gambling den where Cevahirli would murder them and throw them into the cistern. In 1860 Mark Twain wrote in his travel book “Innocents Abroad” that he witnessed silk spinners working inside the cistern and unfortunately it later became a rubbish dump with the holes in the domes being made larger to make it easier for people to drop garbage in and before its restoration over 7,000 truckloads of rubbish had to be removed.
Binbirdirek Cistern TodayToday, the cistern is a museum, but it is also serving as a venue for weddings and company meetings.
LocationSituated in Binbirdirek district of Fatih .
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