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Address: Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
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+90 212 512 1570
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09:00 - 17:30
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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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Wonderful Ancient Cisterns in the City of Istanbul

We are very happy to visit this tourist spot, the Basilica Cistern or known in Turkey as "Yerebatan Sarnici" which is the Cistern Sinking Into Ground. We found the stone inverted... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We are very happy to visit this tourist spot, the Basilica Cistern or known in Turkey as "Yerebatan Sarnici" which is the Cistern Sinking Into Ground. We found the stone inverted head of Medusa that lies inside. The cistern was the location for the James Bond film "From Russia with Love" And so many films has been made in this... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's difficult to find this but it's a good experince. The place is undeground and you can see the medusa's

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place in another world beneath the world. The moment you cross the downstairs and look around to seemingly endless columns, It has an instant calming effect on your mood. The music, the water, light effect and the overall ambience of this place takes you to a different world. A must see place in Istanbul.

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To see this truly amazing facility. The columns are amazing works of art to be used underground and underwater. The way they channeled water to this area to supply the area was a great engineering marvel

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is not less than attractive than Aya Sophia , it a great place to visit , I suggest to visit it on the early morning

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amazing place to be. Mysterious and timeless. You got the feeling of lost underwater basilicas of Byzantine era.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Impressive!!! Makes me wish I had paid closer attention in history class. An example of the Roman Empire's contribution to advanced civilization.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful little gem of ancient architecture. Quite eerie but worth the experience to walk around! Quite centrally located with the main mosques also - so can be all done in one day!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Yerebatan needs just an hour of yours. If you visit this place in Summer you may feel like you have a breathing break, since it is naturally cold inside. This is a historical place with high columns, lightened water and cold climate under the ground. Yerebatan has been used for collecting potable water and serving it to the city by... More 

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Such an immpresive attraction, great if you like roman history, a must see! If you only go to instanbul once u should see this

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