tripleman-Photography: Underneath Istanbul, the Basilica Cistern, Started by Constantine, rebuilt and expanded by Justinian, the cisterns underneath Yerebatan Caddesi (which literally means 'underground street) are huge, impressive and a little scary. Anything that old that leaks - and make no mistake, there is leaking water all over this place - with columns that aren't always straight up and down is a little scary. Then again, there are 336 columns and it's been there for 1500 years through earthquakes, invasions and calamities. I guess it'll be alright for a while longer. I hope so because it's a really beautiful place and, in the oppressive heat, is an amazingly cool oasis to spend an hour in. The strangest part is that fish live in the water. Fairly big fish. I'm not sure how I feel about that. It was unexpected to say the least. I thought that the water came in through run-off from the hill that it sits under but it's source is (was?) a forest 19 kilometres away and is fed by aqueducts. More recent history includes shooting the Bond film, From Russia with Love in here. He enters the normal way but then goes through a hidden (actually nonexistent) passage up into the Russian embassy. In reality, the embassy is nowhere near here but that's the way it always is in the movies. On a photography note, this is one place that my Gorillapod came in really handy. It's a small, easy to carry, bendable tripod that I was able to wrap around the railings and get steady shots. It's perfect for places where regular tripods are not allowed or frowned upon.