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“Cistern” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica Cistern

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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Ranked #9 of 642 attractions in Istanbul
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Fee: Yes
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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“Cistern”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Do not miss the visit.
Impressive Cistern and very well setup.
You better go early in the morning to avoid croads.

Visited June 2013
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“underground cistern with lights”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

great to do on a hot day, fish in the water and the pillars are all lit up, I used a small trippod to get good photos as it is dark.

Visited June 2013
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“Pretty!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

It's a small pace but actually romantic! It's not in the museum pass but you only have to pay 10tl and 5liras for the audio.
You don't pay a lot for the audio but you can read everything that and the travel books have actually more information!

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“A mysterious and fantastic place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Visiting the Basilica Cistern is a must when staying in Istanbul. The huge and amazing columns under such a magic illumination made it one of the most amazing and beautiful places visited.

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“Unexpected and atmospheric”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

A real hit with the kids as a change of scene from mosques, churches, bridges, bustling bazaars etc. Very atmospheric.

Visited April 2013
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