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Searching for Medusa in Istanbul’s Basilica Cistern

Descending into the Basilica Cistern

Taner, one of the front desk staff at our hotel, was loaded with great tips. The one I liked best was when he suggested we check out the Basilica Cistern and look for Medusa.

I’m a huge Greek and Roman mythology fan. Medusa immediately piqued my interest. We got directions to the Cistern, and were shocked to discover we had already passed it several times. We just didn’t know it was there.

All I knew about it was that there was a Medusa face in a column and big fish. I had no idea it was underground or so amazing. Hopefully some of my pictures below captured the grandeur of the “forest of columns.” (That’s how a picture on Wikipedia described them. I liked it. Sums it up perfectly poetically.)


Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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