The Cultural Heritage Preservation Board has approved a structural strengthening plan for the Basilica Cistern presented by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality 66 days ago, according to daily Milliyet.
"When the formal decision is delivered to us, we will start the renovation process in the Basilica Cistern," said Mahir Polat, secretary-general of the municipality.
Istanbul's Basilica (Yerebatan) Cistern, will be on the silver screen all around the world thanks to the film adaptation of Dan Brown's thriller "Inferno."
The film, which was directed by Ron Howard and premiered in Florence on Oct. 8, will be released in Turkey on Oct. 14.
U.S. writer Dan Brown released "Inferno" in 2013.
Istanbul's Yerebatan Cistern, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, is drawing interest from national and international filmmakers, as well as tourists Constructed over 1,400 years ago, Istanbul's Yerebatan Cistern has in time become one of the city's most famous tourist sites, drawing millions of visitors every year to its splendid columns and mystical Medusa sculptures.
The traces of a large cistern have been found during the construction of a hotel on land owned by the Armenian Catholic MÄ±hitaryan Monastery and School Foundation in Istanbulâs ÅiÅli Halaskargazi neighborhood.
The historical structure, which was about to be buried by construction vehicles, was rescued at the last minute after being noticed by an observer.