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Ipek Bodrum Cistern

Ipek Bodrum (Turkish “Silk Cellar”) is a cistern situated in the northwestern part of Constantinople, a short distance from the Cistern of Aetius. It is possible that Ipek Bodrum was part of a monastery that also included Kasım Ağa Mosque and Odalar Mosque
Its construction date is uncertain, but perhaps dates to the 12th century. It was used by Armenian spinners in the 19th century, and referred as Ipek Bodrum. It was damaged in a fire in 1919, and later was almost completely filled with rubbish and debris. It is currently buried under a park. 
It had a rectangular plan measuring 17 x 29 meters and had dome-shaped vaults. It had 4 colonnades, each consisting of seven columns, many of which were richly decorated. It is unclear if it was originally connected to the nearby open cistern of Aetius.


Photographs by William Earl Betsch From Dumbarton Oaks

Plan by Forchheimer & Strzygowski


Plan by Muller-Wiener


İstanbul'da Bizans Dönemi Sarnıçlarının Mimari Özellikleri ve Kentin Tarihsel Topografyasındaki Dağılımı by Kerim Altuğ

Die Byzantinischen Wasserbehalter von Konstantinopel by Forchheimer & Strzygowski

Bildlexikon zur Topographie Istanbuls: Byzantion, Konstantinupolis, Istanbul by Müller-Wiener

Architecture and Ritual in the Churches of Constantinople Ninth to Fifteenth Centuries by V. Marinis


Water Supply (Nicholas V. Artamonoff Collection)

Ipek Bodrum (Dumbarton Oaks)

Byzantine Cisterns of Constantinople Photo Album (Byzantine Legacy Flickr)

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