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Basilica Cistern

Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
+90 212 512 15 70
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
Sultanahmet
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I visited this place some years ago and the fish there had more water to swim in. Anyhow it is a beautiful place, beautiful roman columns, it gives you a perspective on the scale of antique roman engineering.

Thank Octav P
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Although it is a very large cavern underground and the fact that it was engineered in the 6th century awesome, there is just no reason to go see it. The pictures you can view online are better than what you can actually see inside.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It is a very beautifull place and it has a nice story about what it was. If there is no lime on the entrance you would not take a lot o time in there. The visita is about 30-45 minutes top. Possible to make great...More

Thank Maria C
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Reviewed yesterday

this was awesome to see, really enjoyed it and so huge. the lighting suits it really well, its a must see.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The underground cisterns are located in the very heart of Istanbul. It is totally different world when you get underground. Impressive columns and size of the ancient water tank, indeed unforgetable experience. The site is rather mystic, dark and wet.

Thank Daiva Z
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A unique place...underground site...cold and damp but really exciting to visit...just across the road from Hagia Sophia

Thank Dasdeva
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This cistern is located in the historic part of Istanbul and clise to mist of the other attractions such as Blue mosque and Haiga Sphia. This is an underground building made by Romans for provision of water. The area is dark then if a flash...More

Thank Zara I
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A fascinating place that one must visit. It does not take long to cover all parts. It is under renovation and I am sure it will be an even better to visit when it is all done

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Outside, it was very hot. So, going down into the Cistern was a good move. Nice and cool. Lots of people from all over the world. Lots of different languages being spoken. Saw many people taking "selfies" all along the boardwalk. Getting back into the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Up a side street, the entrance to this incredibly historic piece of engineering is less than obvious. Once inside, you are transported back 1500 years, to the water tank of Constantinople. With its clever lighting of the columns, this huge tank has many wonders, especially...More

Thank Norman M
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Deborah B
April 3, 2018|
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Response from Durga M | Reviewed this property |
There is no concert there it is a underground place
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mechesister13
March 27, 2018|
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Response from Dimitris L | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is open every single day! Even when some other museums are closed on certain days, the Basilica Cistern is still open!Just watch out for periods of religious holidays, as during those times opening times may vary... More
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nanbarbie
March 20, 2018|
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Response from Tracey G | Reviewed this property |
yes, there is a ticket office at the entrance.
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