Istanbul’s Sunken Palace (Through Dan Brown’s Inferno)

Sultanahmet, Istanbul- Basilica Cistern. I read about it in Dan Brown’s Inferno. Yerebatan Sarayi, meaning sunken palace. “Follow deep into the sunken palace…”

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“As far as Langdon could see, the floor of this underground world was a glassy sheet of water- dark, still, smooth- like black ice on a frozen New England pond. The lagoon that reflects no stars.

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“Rising out of the water, meticulously arranged in seemingly endless rows, were hundreds of thick Doric columns…lit from below by a series of individual red spotlights, creating a surreal forest of illuminated trunks…”

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“for here, in the darkness, the chronic monster waits…”

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Bertrand Zobrist’s ground zero. The place where the mad scientist left a solublon bag that will release a virus. But where is it?
“Follow Medusa’s gaze across the lagoon.”

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How will the virus spread? What happens next? It’s in here. 😉

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It was exciting visiting Basilica Cistern with Robert Langdon’s adventure in the back of my mind. This Byzantine structure built in the 6th century amazes me. It was first a basilica then a cistern that provided a water filtration system for the Great Palace of Constantinople, the Topkapi Palace after the Ottoman conquest in 1453. How Dan Brown used it as a setting for Inferno shows what a talented writer he is. I loved seeing the Basilica Cistern through Robert Langdon’s eyes.

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