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

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Agrigento A cistern was found near the rear (west side) of the Temple of Hera/Juno.
Al Zubarah Excavations have revealed a large cistern for storing water. (AB ev)
Amphitheater of El Jem "One can still see there a very elaborate system of recovery and channeling of rainwater as well as cisterns for the water supply of the building but also of the whole of the city." (wiki fr)
Ancient Merv at Beni Makhan Mosque
Ancient villages of Northern Syria Relatively sophisticated hydraulic elements have been identified, notably large communal cisterns. (AB ev)
Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque two terminal 16th century square cisterns, which provided water to the key complexes in Zempoala (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
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
Danube Limes Carnuntum (ID No 31): The camp was supplied with fresh water via running wells, cisterns and draw wells located along the main roads. The tribune houses each had their own wells, up to 6 m deep. Between two of the officers' houses, one came across a slightly sloping brick concrete pavement. Along its longitudinal axis, three cisterns with bevelled edges collected rainwater flowing down from the roofs.
Delos Several, including "the Xenon (94), an hotel with an enormous cistern and the Theater (95) with the impressive cistern (97)" (official website)
Dougga/Thugga "it possesses a remarkable assemblage of public buildings, most of them dating in their present form from the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD - .., public cisterns" (AB ev)
Fortifications of Vauban Two cisterns to hold rain water are part of the fortified town of Longwy
Hegra some 200 cisterns of various shape and size (nom file)
Island of Patmos Under the monastery (nom file)
Istanbul Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayı). Next to Hagia Sophia. Was built during reign of Justinian I
Kairouan Aghlabid Cisters are inclused in Zone III of the inscription
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)
Mazagan Manueline (late Gothic) Cistern in the fortress
Medina of Sousse Sofra cisterns
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
Paquimé The House of the Wells takes its name from the large storage cistern (now backfilled for reasons of safety) in one of its plazas that was fed from the common network (AB ev)
Pasargadae Pasargadae is also home to a complex water supply system for the time that comprises cisterns, tunnels, underground canals, and ducts, which are locally known as qanats
Persian Caravanserai "many caravanserais had cisterns (either in the courtyard or outside the building)" (AB ev)
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
Qalhat southern extra-muros cistern (AB ev)
Risco Caido troglodyte cisterns (AB ev)
Rome Excavations underneath the area of the Trevi Fountain
Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil
Sceilg Mhichíl Water cisterns, near the Hermitage (2020-30 Mgt Plan)
Seville Alcazar
Sintra Moorish Cistern at Castelo dos Mouros
Stari Grad Plain
Syracuse Euryalus Castle: "Inside there are three large cisterns for the troops' water supply in the case of a siege." (Nomination file, p. 123)
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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