Posts Tagged ‘underground’

These pictures show the Basilica Cistern (the Turkish name is Yerebatan Sarayı) in Istanbul, Turkey. This beautiful underground structure was built by Justinian in 532 C.E., and it’s a really interesting place to visit. Not only is it pretty, but it’s really an amazing architectural feat when you think about how long it’s been standing and how good it looks despite its age. This is a great place to escape the heat on a summer day, and it’s just a really neat place to hang out for a little bit. Not pictured here (but i’ll put it up soon) are some very cool pillars with statues of Medusa’s head supporting them. This is one of the main attractions in Istanbul, and it’s within walking distance of the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. Just a heads up, it is a bit dark in here and it tends to be damp, so if you’re planning on visiting have appropriate footwear and be sure to watch your step.


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This picture was taken just outside Krakow, Poland in the Wieliczka Salt Mine. The mines are pretty cool, the tours take you through the old mines, but it’s more than just a historic site. The mines are also home to a myriad of impressive statues carved from the salt, as well as a beautiful underground chapel complete with salt crystal chandeliers. When we were in Poland it was absurdly hot (91 degrees Fahrenheit on our first day) so we retreated to this underground system for some cooler (in the temperature sense) sight seeing. The mines are a little chilly, so maybe bring a sweatshirt! If you’ve never been to a mine it’s interesting, I thought it was pretty neat, and it’s an unusual thing to have an opportunity to visit. Also, you can get to the mines by taking a bus from Krakow, which doesn’t take to long.

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