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“Spannender Blick in die antike Unterwelt” 4 of 5 stars
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Basilica Cistern
Imran Oktem Cad. No:4 D:5 Sultanahmet, Fatih | Near St. Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
+90-212 522 12 59
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Ranked #8 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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