You are invited to enjoy a magical evening at the 1001 Column Cistern in the heart of the Old City. Built 17 centuries ago, the cistern offers the most exquisite samples of Turkish Cuisine. The authentic decoration and an oriental show completing the ambience; this will be night to remember.
Gala dinner invitations can be purchased via online registration and/or PDF form. EUR 90.- per person.
1001 Column Cistern
According to Byzantium resources, The 1001 Column Cistern was constructed in the fourth century as the second biggest water reservoir in Istanbul after Bazalika Cistern (Yerebatan Palace). These resources say that when 1. Constantinus settled the city, he forced to migrate some of his senates from Rome to here. One of them was Philoxenus Palace, and he has built this Cistern in the aim of providing the necessary water to this palace which was built as a neighbour of hippodrome. As Patria Konstantinopoleos, one of the sources giving information about the topography of the city of Byzantium period, Philoxenus Palace was near to Lausus Palace and was neighbour to Constantinus forum. There is no doubt that this forum is in Çemberlitaş. It’s known that Lausus Palace is also at the same surrounding, so 1001 Column Cistern is belong to Philoxenus Palace, or most probably to Lausus Palace.
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