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Address: Imran Oktem Cad. No:4 D:5 Sultanahmet, Fatih | Near St. Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90-212 522 12 59
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: 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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nice and cool

Nice and cool place to go on a hot day. Very interesting. I went after a agia sofia but before blue most to cool off and escape the sun for a hour. Worth seeing.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Nice and cool place to go on a hot day. Very interesting. I went after a agia sofia but before blue most to cool off and escape the sun for a hour. Worth seeing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I didn't find the place out of this world like the blue mosque or Hagia Sophia. you need to join the line to purchase tickets and the line can get long. Basically an underground area with lots of columns, which from an engineering point was somewhat interesting. yes they have medusa heads. Guess it was me as I didn't find... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This a must if u visit Istanbul amazing workmanship all those years ago. Great place to cool down on aa hot day after the Grand Bazar and Spice Market.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is not to be missed. If you're visiting the Hagia Sofia or Blue Mosque, it is so close you'd kick yourself for missing it. There are plenty of sign's, there's no excuse. Warning. There are stairs both in and out, about 30-40 I'd say. My legs are not too good, but I made it, and it was well worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It was a great experience, the place is very well done up with the lighting and maintained well. My son was thrilled to be inside an ancient water tank so big. I wish could attend the musical events organised there too. Go there for taking some amazing pics.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It is nice and cool in there - worth a visit especially in the middle of a hot day. Don't rent the audio tour though - it just repeats what is on the short signs throughout the place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

yes, this is the place in the Dan Brown book! all the stuff is there including the upside down Medusa stauue, but we thought it was interesting when we saw it before I read the book

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is a really atmospheric place to come, as well as being lovely respite from the sun, though you feel a bit like a mogwai when you come out again! Any Bond fans will appreciate the From Russia With Love link too. I wanted to just suggest that they improve the platforms the tourists walk on as due to the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It's pretty fascinating, and kind of surreal that you can have a drink in the underground cafe. An hour was enough for me to look around and absorb the experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I remember this place from the Bond-film "From Russia with love". A very unique and exciting Place, if you have a wild imagnination. You will add the drama.

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Address: Address: Imran Oktem Cad. No:4 D:5 Sultanahmet, Fatih | Near St. Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90-212 522 12 59
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul

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