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Zerzevan Castle

Cisterns

AD 3-7. century

54 cistern structures carved into the bedrock that meet the water needs of the settlement were identified. Apart from the individual cisterns located in front of the residences, there are also large cisterns in the northern section for public use. The lower part of the vaulted cisterns in question was carved into the bedrock up to the beginning of the arch. Openings were made on the ceiling of the cistern in order to draw the water collected in the cistern from the cisterns with a spinning wheel-like mechanism when needed. The east wall is 11.2×22.5 m, leaning against the city wall. It is clear that the large two-section water cisterns, the size of which are covered with vaults, are the main water source of the city.

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