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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

little spooky..but very nice..you are free t go wherever you want in it..and had s cheap ticket..enjoy..

Thank luna_v0
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul. The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several ancient cisterns beneath the city that provided a water filtration system for the buildings nearby, and was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is an interesting destination and it was less busy than the Ayiasofiya and Blue Mosque which are close by. The heads of Medusa are definitely worth seeing, and it’s mind-blowing to think how old it is.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I would like to visit here another time. if you touch Stone you feel wet and the tears of its slaves.

Thank Thankssu
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Reviewed 1 week ago

People often skip visiting this place but actually its quite impressive! I have no idea how they built it back then but its really amazing. I am sure its also quite refreshing visiting in hot weather since temperature here is very cool. Place only accepts...More

Thank Rama K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Is nice and very different having that cistern system working and even with lots of big fishes, is worth to see it and entrance is just 20 TL. Very near Sultan house and Sofia Building so you can visit them all same day.

Thank IVAN M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was so disappointed by this. It's not covered on the Museum Pass so you pay entry of TL20. You descend steps and the first thing you see is an area where tourists are queuing up to dress up as Sultans and have their pictures...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very impressive place and to be honest was not in my plans to visit. The colleague that came with us in Agia Sophia was insisting to visit Basilica Cistem and we were lucky that we listen to him. An amazing underground history place that is...More

2  Thank 20Andreas12
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Reviewed 1 week ago

16 centuries of a marvelous construction near Hagia Sofia. Recycled columns and marbles! It's a short visit (and a little expensive!) but it worth to come by

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a truly distinct place to visit, and one I'm very happy to have had the chance to explore. It is tricky to manage a nice photograph, but even just quietly walking along the columns and seeing the water drip or trickle down sets...More

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Abdulelah S
21 January 2018|
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Response from SALAH M | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Good Day 20 Tl less than 4.30 €
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Abdulelah S
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Response from Nick M | Reviewed this property |
we paid 20 Tl each
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JKomiss
15 September 2017|
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Response from Erica F | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, I don't believe there are any concerts in the Cistern, but Hagia Irene near Hagia Sophia seems to have concerts on a regular basis and is just gorgeous!
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