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Address: Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 512 1570
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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I almost forgot to go here because it's easy to miss. It was my favorite of the attractions you have to pay for. It's quiet subtlety and novelty makes it one of my highlights.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I almost forgot to go here because it's easy to miss. It was my favorite of the attractions you have to pay for. It's quiet subtlety and novelty makes it one of my highlights.

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One word. Inferno. I went there after reading the dan brown book and I was totally amazed by the place. its so eerie yet I felt so safe! A MUST VISIT.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The fishes are beatiful, you can take photos with costumes of Emperors from OttomanEmpire. It is wonderful place, my favourite part was the stone made to look like medusa's head

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Tge basilica sistern is a must see if you are in istanbul;impressive artchitecture from constanipole teaces of the living at the time still alive todays, the story behind the statue of head medusa lyinf aside is impressive

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No istanbul visit is complete without a trip to Sultan Ahmed area and Bascilia cistern Best way to get there is tram. A morning visit is recommended and in 4 hours you can see Hagia Sophia, blue mosque, Bascilia cistern and have lunch

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ex-aqueduct, now a tourist attraction and sometimes event space, the Cistern is wonderful,especialy if you like dark places with the sound of water dripping and flowing. (Caves, etc) Not suitable for claustrophobics.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited the Basilica Cistern in September 2016. The entrance fee is 20 Turkish Liras and the place is frequented by tourists. The Basilica was nice, but there was not much to see. It is an underground cavern/cave with dim lighting. I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes as there is a decent amount of walking. In one corner of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Basilica cistern is old Byzantine water reservoir, with an unique atmosphere inside. I felt like inside of "Indiana Jones" movie or something. It's not big, and the entrance to the cistern isn't impressive at all, but inside it's amazing. By the way, you will see so called medusa pillars, with the head of Medusa Gorgona upside down.

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Ancient Roman water reservoir. Enjoy a walk through this monument and take romantic photos with statue jellyfish.

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The Basilica Cistern is located near the Hagia Sophia, it easy to get to as long as you realise that entrance is by cash only. We got here early in the morning so no crowd issues. It is an underground cistern built in 542 by the Byzantine emperor Justinian I to provide water to the palace and later irrigate the... More 

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