Continuing my little series of "lost" photos from Istanbul (previous installments: Chora Church, Hagia Sophia photos and the original trip report), here are some views of the city, part from when we took a ferry from one side of the city to the other, part from our misguided attempt to try to just walk blindly in the direction of the bridge across the Bosphorus and stand in two continents at once (I found out much later that people haven't been allowed to walk on the bridge for a very long time, however this was a moot point since we were able to find the bridge, but we were down below and couldn't find how to get up on to the bridge - a quest hampered by "military do not enter" zones).
First though, pictures of the Basilica Cistern, built in the 6th century under Emperor Justinian. As the name suggests, a grand basilica dating from the 3rd-4th centuries originally stood on the site, before being destroyed and rebuilt several times and then turned into an underground cistern which provided water to part of the city until modern times.
It's huge - as big as a cathedral, and capable of holding 80,000 cubic metres of water (yes I did my Wikipedia homework). There's not that much to see down there, but there is a nice, reflective atmosphere, in more ways than one ho ho ho.