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Basilica Cistern

Saga James Bond
Movie From Russia with Love (1963)
In this basilica cistern, James Bond (Sean Connery) and Ali Kerim Bey (Pedro Armendáriz) set off on an expedition in a makeshift boat.
Basilica Cistern Istanbul Turkey
Basilica Cistern Istanbul Turkey. (Photo by Éric Lefevre-Ardant on Flickr)

“- Quite a place you’ve got here.

– The Emperor Constantine built it as a reservoir 700 years ago.

– Really?”

James Bond and Ali Kerim Bey

Curious about the activities of the USSR consulate, James Bond lets himself be led by his host, Ali Kerim Bey, into an underground passage.

The magnificent basilica cistern and its numerous columns offer 007 a unique show.

Ali Kerim Bey explains to him that he does his daily sport here, twice a day, rowing with his boat to discreetly spy on the consulate meetings.

A little further on, the two agents disembark and approach a periscope to spy on the meeting above them.

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Kerim explains to James Bond that the reservoir was built seven centuries ago. Actually, that was fourteen centuries ago, under Emperor Justinian, not Constantine.

Scene from the basilica tank in From Russia with Love
Scene from the basilica tank in From Russia with Love (Photo credit: EON Productions)
Scene from the basilica tank in From Russia with Love
Scene from the basilica tank in From Russia with Love (Photo credit: EON Productions)
Scene from the basilica tank in From Russia with Love
Scene from the basilica tank in From Russia with Love (Photo credit: EON Productions)
Scene from the basilica tank in From Russia with Love
Scene from the basilica tank in From Russia with Love (Photo credit: EON Productions)

Basilica Cistern

Built in the time of Justinian (527-565), the basilica cistern is also nicknamed the “buried palace”.

Built to supply water to the Byzantine palace, the cistern passed under a basilica, hence its name, but of which nothing remains today.

With a capacity of 100,000 m3 of water over 140 m long and 70 m wide, the cistern a... Learn more about Basilica Cistern

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By Damien Duarte

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone font partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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