Definately worth a visit to satisfy your curiosity if you like history. It is very dark and with some interesting facts laid out across the way. Not very big. Kids may finding it boring!
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Interesting to visit, how did they do/built this; however not a top destination as there are much more interesting sites to see in Istanbul.
Myself and my husband visited recently. It was recommended to us to visit. I personally was not that fussed as it was very dark, not that big and took about 30 mins to get round with pictures. Although the Medusa heads are interesting and the...More
Historical under water storage facility partly being used by the Topkapi Palace and other important places in Istanbul. However, I don't think it is worth a visit as there was no clear explanation about how it was being used, mechanism to transport water from this...More
Beware this does NOT accept your museum card as this attraction is supported by a different group rather than the association that cares for the Hagia Sofia and Tokapi Palace. Essentially it's just a huge water storage area with pillars holding the room up from...More
A most interesting place, the restoration is being done to preserve the wonders of this build. How clever the Romans were to build this huge cistern and capture its water for the population. A pathway which can be a bit slippery is followed around the...More
I didn’t think much of this, it’s dark, oppressive and comparatively expensive. You can see everything in about 15 to 20 minutes, probably less if you don’t want your photo taken with the Medusa column or in dressing up clothes!
This was such a great underground historical sight converted to a cistern from an ancient basilica and for any film or Bond fans the place James Bond took a row through in "From Russia with Love". Its both serene and beautiful inside and really quite...More
Not worth saying much. Just visit. Its pretty cheap, lasts 40 minutes its a beautiful underground monument created by the Greeks. Turkish people get a discount and the queue is usually small. I recommend ou visit during the time that the temprature is high as...More