Chichen Itza
Gebel Berkal

World Heritage Site

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Significant historic "cisterns" (Large Covered Reservoirs) where they can be visited.

The connection belongs to Constructions connections.

Connected Sites

  • Al Zubarah: Excavations have revealed a large cistern for storing water. (AB ev)
  • Al-Hijr: some 200 cisterns of various shape and size (nom file)
  • Ancient Merv: at Beni Makhan Mosque
  • Ancient villages of Northern Syria: Relatively sophisticated hydraulic elements have been identified, notably large communal cisterns. (AB ev)
  • Bagerhat: The quality of the infrastructures - the supply and evacuation of water, the cisterns and reservoirs, the roads and bridges - all reveal a perfect mastery of the techniques of planning and a will towards spatial organization. (unesco website)
  • Berat and Gjirokastra: A large cistern in the centre of Berat Castle  Link
  • Biblical Tells
  • Brimstone Hill Fortress: Three underground water cisterns
  • Caceres: "the five-nave reservoir with three bays, incorporated into the Casa de las Veletas in the 16th century"
  • Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin
  • Cilento and Vallo di Diano: Remains of cisterns in Velia
  • Dougga/Thugga
  • Fortifications of Vauban: Two cisterns to hold rain water are part of the fortified town of Longwy
  • Istanbul: Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayı). Next to Hagia Sophia. Was built during reign of Justinian I Link
  • Kairouan: Aghlabid Cisters are inclused in Zone III of the inscription  Link
  • Konso: water reservoirs - Hardas (AB ev)
  • Mapungubwe: On top of Mapungubwe Hill
  • Masada: "To the early phase (c 35 BCE) belong ... several large cisterns, .." (AB evaluation)
  • Matera
  • Mazagan: Manueline (late Gothic) Cistern in the fortress
  • Medina of Sousse: Sofra cisterns  Link
  • Meknes: "Within are the palace with its ... water storage cisterns" (unesco website)
  • National History Park: Sans Souci
  • Necropolis of Bet She'arim: The Sih cave was used as a water cistern during the British mandate period (AB ev)
  • Old City of Jerusalem: The Herodian road which ran alongside the Temple Mount, includes ancient cisterns
  • Panamá: "Ajibe" reservoir at Panama Viejo
  • Petra: Um al Beira (Mother of Cisterns) receives it name from a series of water cisterns that are found on the top of the mountain Link
  • Rani-ki-Vav
  • Rome: Excavations underneath the area of the Trevi Fountain
  • Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil
  • Sceilg MhichĂ­l: As there is no fresh water supply on Skellig Michael, the monks devised a sophisticated method of water collection to serve their needs. Two water cisterns were constructed within the inner enclosure of the monastery and a third a little to the west. (see link) Link
  • Seville: Alcazar
  • Sintra: Moorish Cistern at Castelo dos Mouros
  • Stari Grad Plain
  • Uxmal: At Uxmal and Kabah
  • Wartburg Castle: The centre of the lower courtyard is occupied by a cistern.
  • Xochicalco: ... includes a large rainwater cistern that formed part of a complex water system covering the whole settlement (AB ev)


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