Firstly, we waited for about 20 minutes to wait in the queue in the boiling heat; go rather early to try and beat this queue, especially in summer months.
Secondly, once we went in we were persuaded to photography in traditional Turkish wear. Not only were the staff extremely polite and hilarious, they also spoke good English and provided me and my family with a photo to treasure forever. At quite a cheap price, this was worth it.
Thirdly, we were simply astonished. Who could believe such great architecture could be hidden from the world, underground? The large pillars with continued on and on contrasted with the lights made an unmissable photo experience.
Fourthly, look down! The fish are huge and very interesting to look at, especially for the little ones!
Fifthly, be careful! The paths, especially towards the end, can get quite slippery, so wear firm shoes and pay attention.
Lastly, the Medusa head's were very interesting. In my opinion, the worst part of the experience. They are interesting and make you think why they are positioned in such ways. However, the beauty of the rest of the Basilica Cistern was what truly astounded me.
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