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Address: Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 0 212 512 15 70
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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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Fascinating look at Istanbul from beneath the streets

A mysteriously dark and quiet world underneath the historic district. A different look at Istanbul beneath the streets. A definite must see. There are fish living in the waters... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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mt pleasant, wi

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While this place is an impressive feat for the early Romans and a smart use for it later as a cistern, there isn't really much to see there after you read about it. It's just a big underground room, with roman columns to support it, you just just walk around to see much of the same, the medusa heads are... More 

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mt pleasant, wi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A mysteriously dark and quiet world underneath the historic district. A different look at Istanbul beneath the streets. A definite must see. There are fish living in the waters below. Also a nice place to visit when it's snowing outside.

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Thank wisconsinite2013
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

some amzing things to see like the head of medusa! the architecture and planning on how people lived and planned.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

when your in Istanbul dont miss this, its well managed and full of very special and interesting history. We didnt have a guide but did some good reading which helped.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just below the street is another world. Eerie, damp and dark but amazing. Don't miss the head of Medusa! On flight home watched "From Russia With Love" and Bond is here!

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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The underground cistern with pillars and arches is lit so that it resembles a medieval church. It is an amazing view.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There's not many places like this, that I have seen, so it was most definitely an interesting place. There's not much else to it than the columns and Medusa. But the hole setting of the place, lightning and music combined, gives a great feeling of mystery

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To step away from the hustle and bustle of the outside streets of Sultanahmet into the underground Cistern, with the beautiful columns and history is a very tranquil experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I suggest to visit it in the morning to avoid huge queues. it is a must see attraction. entry ticket is cheap.

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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A unique experience in the heart of the old city, amazing how this was created so many years aog, this is a must do

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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