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Binbirdirek Mah. Imran Oktem Cad. | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 518 10 01
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Amazing cistern, not easy to visit

Yet another amazing Byzantine monument of Istanbul poorly advertised and hard to come across unless... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2018
MattDS44
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Geneva, Switzerland
Quiet cistern

Stopped by here on the way back to the hotel from a walking tour. It costs 10Tl to get in. The... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2018
cory a
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27 May 2018
“Amazing cistern, not easy to visit”
23 Mar 2018
“Quiet cistern”
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Binbirdirek Mah. Imran Oktem Cad. | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Sultanahmet
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Reviewed 27 May 2018

Yet another amazing Byzantine monument of Istanbul poorly advertised and hard to come across unless you have done some previous research. And like many monuments ... it is not a monument! You pay 10 TL to enter (fair, as it is half of the basilica...More

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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

Stopped by here on the way back to the hotel from a walking tour. It costs 10Tl to get in. The cistern is pretty small but if you want the place to yourself this is a good bet. Managed to take some ok photos here...More

Thank cory a
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

This cistern is not as busy as the Basilica version but is no less impressive, a shirt walk u the hill from the Blue Mosque, ti is dry so perhaps not a atmospheric as its more popular cousin but it was better for photography as...More

Thank Andrew R
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

Not particularly well signposted so not easy to find. When we did eventually find the entrance it was all locked up because it was a Sunday although any info I could find on it stated that it was open daily.

Thank HelenP526
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Reviewed 25 March 2016

Well worth a look much smaller than the more famous Cistern but very impressive none the least. Not a great deal of information on show however and only good for a short visit.

Thank Sbangsuk
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Reviewed 10 March 2016

There are several former Byzantine underground water reservoirs in central Istanbul, but the one all tourists know and visit is the most spectacular and the biggest cistern of them all: the Basilica Cistern or the Yerebatan Sarnici in Turkish. Being so well known, one also...More

Thank saronic
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Reviewed 29 December 2015

The Binbirdirek Cistern has 224 pillars, not 1001. That designation may come from the Turkish "a thousand and one," which means multiplicity. But it is still worth a visit. Though Binbirdirek fails to match the Basilica Cistern as a tourist attraction, it offers an interesting...More

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Reviewed 17 December 2015

Open daily 9am - 6pm. This cistern is well worth a visit. Much smaller than the Basilica Cistern. Located in the Sultanahmet area. 10TL each entrance fee. Very dark and eerie.

Thank hulagirlSurrey
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Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

This cistern is a really nice space, with nice details such as the stonemasons' marks on each column. It is quite poorly presented by its current stewards, however: it smells strongly of damp, and there are prominent signs at the entrance prohibiting photos. Given its...More

Thank KAC1987
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Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

This Cistern is much more intimate and small than the Basilica one but is very interesting to see in comparison. There are not 1001 columns but the ceilings are amazing and the lighting is great. Just walk into, look at it and go back to...More

Thank Travelaround59
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