Notes on the Geography of Turkey (Istanbul): Secular Monuments: Photo 3
Underneath that stone, the Byzantine emperor Justinian built a cistern in the 6th century. It's known informally as the sunken palace, and the 300-plus columns are certainly suggestive of a palace, but it's never been more than a sunken reservoir.
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