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African Vandals

The Battle of Tricamarum ended the rule of the Vandals in North Africa, Dec 15th 533.  I have always felt sorry for the Vandals.  Originating in the Baltic Shield area of Scandanavia / Northern Germany they were shunted through Europe by pressure from other tribes.  398 more words


6th Century: Medusa

No one really has an explanation for the two massive Medusa heads that support columns in the Basilica Cistern, a cathedral-sized reservoir underneath the city of Istanbul. 124 more words

November 13, 565 CE: Basilica Cistern; 1988: Sewage in Santa Monica Bay; 2003: Death of Sewer Worker

November 13, 565 AD:  End of the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, builder of the Basilica Cistern. “The Basilica Cistern (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayı – Sunken Palace, or Yerebatan Sarnıcı – Sunken Cistern), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople), Turkey. 406 more words


Lost and found- Sunken Palace Istanbul

As we are already in Istanbul visiting the old Hagia  Sophia,  let me take you to a place near by. This place was built in the same time as Hagia Sophia by the same emperor Justinian I.  455 more words

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