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5 Reasons To Visit Istanbul

A beautiful city rich in culture and heritage

Divided between Asia and Europe, Istanbul has played host to a myriad of cultures and ancient civilisations. Today, it’s a buzzing city of diversity and architectural attractions. We list five of the many reasons why you should make Istanbul your next to-go destination. By Marlene Tan 

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Credit: Turkish Embassy Tourism & Information Office Malaysia 

3. Basilica Cistern 

Built in AD532, this underwater reservoir was constructed with 336 columns, salvaged from Roman ruins. During the Byzantine Empire, it was used to store up to 80,000 cubic metres of water. It laid forgotten for many years until it was rediscovered by a French scholar in the 14th century. Today, many visitors explore the underground chambers to see the carvings its columns that remain in pristine condition. One of particular interest to tourists are the two Medusa heads found in the northwestern corner of the cistern. Visitors like to throw coins into the water around the heads, believing that their wishes will manifest.

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