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Atmospheric Cistern

Like other reviewers, we found this Cistern was not well signed. It is a tunnel mouth with red... read more

Reviewed November 13, 2018
London, United Kingdom
via mobile
Amazing cistern, not easy to visit

Yet another amazing Byzantine monument of Istanbul poorly advertised and hard to come across unless... read more

Reviewed May 27, 2018
Geneva, Switzerland
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Nov 13, 2018
“Atmospheric Cistern”
Jan 15, 2019
“Waste of Money & Time ”
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Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

We went to the cistern and asked someone how we enter as it didn't seem like an entrance cause delivery guys were moving event equipment out. We paid the 20 lira each and was very confused when we went inside! A dark room full of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank ashleyga1
Reviewed January 2, 2019 via mobile

So the entrance fee is 20 liras per person. We went inside, it was dark, creepy, smelled. There was no light, nothing to see but the pillars, place was spooky empty. Worst 40 liras spend in 8 days of Istanbul.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank silverr1989
Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

Like other reviewers, we found this Cistern was not well signed. It is a tunnel mouth with red drapes, opposite a row of hotels. There are some sign boards about the history. The entrance fee - 20 lira is not clearly signed. It seems a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank CG101010
Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

The doors were open and nobody was at the entrance. As I was walking down to the cistern a man ran after me and rudely told me I can’t go inside and there’s “nothing but old columns”. I told him that’s exactly what I came...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank nomadicniko
Reviewed October 23, 2018

20 lira entrance fee to see almost nothing. Set up as a venue of sorts with a bar. Most of the roof covered. Poorly lit. One small section of the original water filled cistern remaining with a small amount of water to see and a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank AndPancho
Reviewed September 5, 2018

It is really a hidden gem and I was way before informed that it is now open for visitors, that is why I wanted to see after Basilica Cistern for a better experience... The entrance was awkward, it is like left away to whatever it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank freespiritlover
Reviewed May 27, 2018

Yet another amazing Byzantine monument of Istanbul poorly advertised and hard to come across unless you have done some previous research. And like many monuments ... it is not a monument! You pay 10 TL to enter (fair, as it is half of the basilica...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank MattDS44
Reviewed March 23, 2018 via mobile

Stopped by here on the way back to the hotel from a walking tour. It costs 10Tl to get in. The cistern is pretty small but if you want the place to yourself this is a good bet. Managed to take some ok photos here...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank corya2506
Reviewed March 18, 2017

This cistern is not as busy as the Basilica version but is no less impressive, a shirt walk u the hill from the Blue Mosque, ti is dry so perhaps not a atmospheric as its more popular cousin but it was better for photography as...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank 235AndrewR
Reviewed February 16, 2017

Not particularly well signposted so not easy to find. When we did eventually find the entrance it was all locked up because it was a Sunday although any info I could find on it stated that it was open daily.

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank HelenMcP526
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