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Basilica Cistern

Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
+90 212 512 15 70
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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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Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
Sultanahmet
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The whole empire is a strange for me . They made a huge water resviour under ground ... With the wonder of strange architecture.

Thank Hasan S
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a real insight to the civil engineering skills of the Romans. You won't see too many ancient cisterns like this one though - it's pretty well preserved, and has too very interesting carved Medusa heads and carved columns. The 'weeping column' has a...More

Thank Ann M
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I really loved this site as in my experience of travel it is unique. I have travelled to many ancient cities but this is my first time having an opportunity to visit such an amazing underground structure. The location was ideal as I could visit...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Location: Located at a prime location of Sultanahmet square in Old Istanbul city. It is easily accessible by tram. Located in the vicinity of Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Entry Ticket: There is a minimal entry ticket of 20 TL. Being Underground: Once you enter...More

Thank kimikazie
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Reviewed yesterday

We went in Feb but the cistern was still swarming with people. I usually avoid places with such crowds, but I really wanted to see this space. It feels very 'tomb raider' because of the underground setting, the vast waters and the architecture of several...More

Thank CCC
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Tagged a top sight but there is little see in the dark. A crying column and a couple of upside down Medusa heads we did see. A cool break from the heat. Thanks for the vote if you found this review helpful.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I had always wanted to see this since seeing it in the James Bond film From Russia with Love so I was excited to get in. It's situated across the road from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia making it an easy morning of visits....More

Thank Russell G
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful under-ground water reservoir. It is interesting to see how this has been restored and converted into a beautiful site. It is amazing!

Thank Nidhi95
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Reviewed 3 days ago

they take from turkısh people 10 liras but for turist 20 ıts not fair and this place ıf you dont enter nothink make change so ı dont recommended

Thank fernando b
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Absolutely loved this place and the location was used for a recent Dan Brown film. It's very dark and damp, steeped in history and has a couple of very unusual features inside. It doesn't take long to walk around and my teenage daughter loved it!...More

Thank SharonGOK
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Mirey N
June 11, 2018|
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Response from lynnbarbosa | Reviewed this property |
Hi, how are you? I was in Basilica Cistern last year. The pictures that i uploaded was last year too. The last time I was in Istanbul is March 2018, i dont know If it’s under renovation, I saw long line of people outside the... More
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Deborah B
April 3, 2018|
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Response from Durga M | Reviewed this property |
There is no concert there it is a underground place
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mechesister13
March 27, 2018|
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Response from Dimitris L | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is open every single day! Even when some other museums are closed on certain days, the Basilica Cistern is still open!Just watch out for periods of religious holidays, as during those times opening times may vary... More
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