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“Well worth a visit”
Review of Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern
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Best of Istanbul: 1, 2, or 3-Day Private Guided Tour
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US$146.50*
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Imperial Istanbul Half-Day Tour: Hagia Sophia, Basillica Cistern and Grand...
Ranked #6 of 1,099 things to do in Istanbul
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 19 June 2014

Found this amazing s it is beneath the streets of Istanbul ! Attend early in the day if possible as queues are shorter at this time. - beware steps can get slippery!

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Reviewed 19 June 2014

I loved the the Basillica Cistern . Once I entered the underground chamber I was immediately overwhelmed with a sense of peace and calm. It was so cool after being outside in the hot sun. One tip is to visit early as the crowds are very large. I definatly recommend a visit

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Very nice place to visit and take great photos. There are fishes in the water and some are pretty big!! It doesnt take long to visit, less than an hour. You can take picture dressed like sultan at an extra cost (nice for the kids)
Must go

Thank Josianne D
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

This cistern was my absolute favorite attraction in Istanbul. The architecture is beautiful and the intricacies are astounding. Tip : go as soon as they open (9am in the summer). There were no lines and we spent a good hour taking in the entire place.

Thank kirstenkrazy
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Another interesting facet of Istanbul that's well worth a visit. It's dark and cool after the heat of the day as well as being very interesting

Thank nicolahaxby
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