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Basilica Cistern

Imran Oktem Cad. No:4 D:5 Sultanahmet, Fatih | Near St. Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
+90-212 522 12 59
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As featured in 3 days in Istanbul and 1 other guide
Ranked #8 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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Type: Ancient Ruins
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: The Basilica Cistern (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayı - "Sunken Palace", or Yerebatan Sarnıcı - "Sunken Cistern") is located in opposite of Sultan Ahmed... more »
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This is an interesting place to visit: it's unlike anywhere else I've ever visited, and managed to be both beautiful and slightly spooky. I did wonder about the welfare of the fish swimming about in the darkness beneath the walkways, but judging by the size of some of them, they seemed to be doing well! Worth a visit, and had... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

well worth the entrance fee. very eerie when you go in with the glow of the lamps and the shadows of the water on the ceiling. makes you wonder how the ancients built this place without all the modern tools we have at our disposal today.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Everyone loves an atmospheric underground cavern and this hits the spot. Get there by 8.45am (opens 9am) otherwise you'll be queuing in the sun. Good value.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

some of "From Russia With Love" was filmed here. Very interesting and doesn't take that much time. Very pretty with the lightning. Really enjoyed it.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Absolutely stunning piece of underground architectural work. Definitely a must see! It is worth standing in line to get in.

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Athens, Attiki, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Fantastic. So old and yet an extraordinary work. Visit it on a hot day and you will see the difference,

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Manama, Bahrain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Historically significant, and certainly unlike anything we've ever seen, but if you had to cut something from your visit you could. Try to visit if you can, especially the Medusa heads carved as column bases.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Cistern was my favorite place that I traveled in Istanbul. There were fish swimming in the water. It was really dark, and very slippery, but I loved it there. There were two columns that had the head of Medusa carved into them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I read about this in Dan Brown's book, "Inferno", but did not appreciate the size and volume of the space. It is definitely worth seeing.

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St. Helier, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Very dark and damp. And you will get dripped on! Well worth the visit. Thee are even fish living happily in here

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