Destination Turkey: Istanbul
Medusa’s head supports a column in the Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey. The construction and placement of the Medusa head is still a mystery surrounded with many theories. The Basilica Cistern built in 532 AD by Justinian, houses 336 columns throughout the 65 meter wide and 143 meter long room. The cistern at one time housed 80,000 cubic meters of water which could be pumped or delivered through aqueducts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Lauren Padden)

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