In 1980’s the cistern was renovated by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and a promenade platform was built in the cistern. During renovation time two Medusa heads were revealed. It is not known exactly when or why the Medusa heads were brought to the cistern. Today the cistern is used one of the most important art and cultural centers of Istanbul.
The cistern was used as a location for the 1963 James Bond film From Russia with Love.
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