Water Cisterns

WATER CISTERNS / 3rd-7th century AD

 There are 54 cisterns carved into the bedrock fulfilling the water requirements of the settlement. There are also large cisterns in the northern part for the use of people in addition to the individual cisterns located in front of the houses. The lower part of the cited vaulted cisterns has been carved into the bedrock up to the beginning part of the arch. There are holes made to the ceiling in order to take the collected water from the cisterns with a pulley like mechanism in case of need. It is clear that the two-parted large water cisterns covered by vaults the eastern wall of which is adjacent to the city walls and with the dimension of 11.2×22.5 m. are the main water sources of the city.


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