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Address: Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
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+90 212 512 1570
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns...

The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns beneath the city that provided a water filtration system for the buildings nearby. This underground chamber measures approximately 138 meters (453 ft) by 64.6 meters (212 ft) and is capable of holding 80,000 cubic meters (2,800,000 cu ft) of water. The ceiling is supported by 336 marble columns.

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Worth the visit to an old huge cistern

This is an old underground "basilica" that used to hold tons of water for the city. The size is like of a football stadium but below the street level. I think it has more than 300... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an old underground "basilica" that used to hold tons of water for the city. The size is like of a football stadium but below the street level. I think it has more than 300 big nice columns and some of them are unique. Even though I think it has an expensive ticket to enter for the 10 minute... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Do pay a visit to the Basilica Cistern, you will be amazed by the architecture and the historic background of the water reservoir that was providing water for Istanbul for centuries.

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San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I had only one afternoon free to see Istanbul, so I selected the cisterns as one of the spots I wanted to see. Really worth a visit. Besides, it is reasonable in price.

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Tehran Province, Iran
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's near Hagia Sophia, so we planned to see them both in a time. It had an intresting legendary story behind it. the weather inside was cool and humid so some places were slippery and you have to be careful. there was also a photography there. we wore custom and took a memorable picture.

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Elgin, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I never thought I would be this enthralled with water held underground. The architecture, and the history behind this was amazing. It was not super croweded when we visited and I took some of the coolest photographs in the Cistern.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Glad we went there but it did give me bit of creeps due to lighting ! It's worth a visit but nothing too special.

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Thank Shanaz Z
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very impressive but there's no water there at the moment. I assume they're doing renovations at the moment as there was scaffolding in several places where there would normally be water.

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Thank Ross F
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

it is fantastic structure inside waters..when you go there, you will feel so deep beautyness and tranquility...different structure to see it...very close to old city square just in waking distance maybe 15 minutes..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Kind of overwhelming to see how advanced their society was 1000 years ago. A short visit but we'll worth it and not something you will see elsewhere. Some steps but not bad. A portion is being renovated.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This cistern lies beneath the city and thete are so many cisterns beaneath the istanbul city. Such a treat to eyes

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