Once used to provide water to various palaces nearby, The Basilica Cistern is the biggest cistern in Istanbul.
For YTL$20 you can also experience this ancient marvel built somewhere around 527 A.D.
Basilica Cistern Used In James Bond Movie
Back outside and the warm afternoon sun presents an opportunity for me to continue my international beer drinking research.
The first few pulls are refreshingly good as we walk towards Grand Bazaar then a sidewalk break.
Tony warns of skilled pick pockets as we enter the sometimes crowded bazaar.
As a bridge between two continents, Istanbul has always been a popular place for trade.
Back on Divanyolu we pass The Pillar Of Constantine that Moose believes with others contains the Jesus crucifixion cross. Today, it is easy to forget Turkey's role in history. At one time it controlled much of The Middle East so for the cross to be here is not that unbelievable.
Further along Divanyolu I am almost involved in an international incident when I discover my favorite chain Mexican restaurant, El Torito has a location in Istanbul.