As you pass through the Cistern, make sure you read all of the notice boards, and look for Medusa, she is near the end of the walk but worth the photo.
We loved visiting the cistern and were surprised to see fish in the water. The structure is very interesting from an engineering perspective. I was particularly interested having just finished the Dan Brown book INFERNO. The Medusa sculptured columns were great. If you want good photos, be sure to take a tripod as you will need a long shutter speed... More
This place is lil bit hidden before tourist, maybe because it is an underground complex almost next to Hagia Sofia. But definitely you should visit this place, especially If you read Brown´s Inferno (you will imagine the final scene)
The cistern was used to hold water for the city hundreds of years ago. Today it has fish (koi) in it, but it's really quite unique. Some of the columns used to support the ceiling were taken from temples & "tell a story". Near the far end the columns have sculptured heads of Medusa... upside down...sideways...depicting a story of her"status"... More
I enjoyed the fact that this was built out of recycled columns, check out Meduses head. This attraction is not well signed and easy to walk past as it is below ground level. Some guide books say it is free to enter, it is not so be prepared to pay...
It's a quick $5 visit, but for me it was a unique one - a huge open space under such bustle. And built 1500 years ago. Pretty awe-inspiring when you consider that most things we build today can barely last 1 or 200 years.
This attraction peaked my curiosity due to an old James Bond, movie that was shot here back in the 60's, I believe. It is far more beautiful and stunning now with the restoration that has taken place and the lighting. The pattern of the pillars and size surprised me. The stairs did not bother me at all as the structure... More
Everything about the Basilica Cistern was so magical. We did have to wait a bit (we went during the heat of August, so that was brutal), but once inside it was perfectly cool and absolutely stunning. This is a MUST SEE!
I dont get this high rating. Marching up and down three. Flights of stairs into a dark flooded underground is not my idea of sightseeing. First time i have not agreed with TA posters.
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