Yerebatan Sarnıcı

 

PRESS ROOM

The Most Extensive Restoration of Yerebatan Cistern’s History Has Begun

Historical Yerebatan Cistern in Sultanahmet, which is operated by IMM Culture Co. and is the third place visited by foreign visitors, entered into a comprehensive restoration for the first time after 1500 years. The ongoing restoration will last 450 days and will finish on March 11, 2018. The cistern will remain open to the visitors for the rest of the year.


About The Ongoing General Renovation

Historical Yerebatan Cistern in Sultanahmet, which is operated by IMM Culture Co. and is the third place visited by foreign visitors, entered into a comprehensive restoration for the first time after 1500 years. The ongoing restoration will last 450 days and will finish on March 11, 2018. The cistern will remain open to the visitors for the rest of the year.

Entry and exit areas are reorganized

The entry and exit sections of the cistern structure will be rearranged. Because the entrance part of the cistern is narrow, causing the visitors lining along the streets, thus tourists to be negatively affected by environmental factors. As part of restoration, the entrance area will be covered with glass fringe and a waiting area will be created. For the exit of the cistern, a more appropriate exit arrangement will be made to the museum.

The Walking Platform is being renovated

Also as the part of restoration; Especially in rainy weather, there is a high amount of water leaks on the walking areas of the cistern from the roof of the cistern, so insulation will be applied to the areas that jeopardize  the safety of the walker.

The reinforced concrete platform in the building will be removed and replaced with a new platform to be constructed using modern materials.

Concrete columns are being dismantled

The necessary strengthening works in the columns, vaults and walls of the building shall be made in accordance with the restoration project and the method in line with the report. The columns reinforced with concrete interferences will be removed in accordance with the restoration project.

Million Stone and Water Balance included in restoration

The Million Stone in the park next to the cistern, the starting point of all ancient Roman roads, “the center of the World” and dated to the 4th century, and the water scales of the 16th century just next to it will also be under restoration.

It consists of a 52-step stone ladder with a length of 140 meters and a width of 70 meters, and 336 columns, each of which is 9 meters tall and the majority of which are thought to have been collected from older structures. 295 of these columns are in the currently open section and 41 are in the closed section. The Yerebatan Cistern covers an area of ​​8.678 m², of which 7.648 m² is open and 1.030 m² is unoccupied. The cistern has 100 thousand tons of water storage capacity.

 Yerebatan, the oldest water cistern built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in AD 542, was cleaned in 1987 and opened its doors to the visitors from all around the world by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.