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Address: Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 512 1570
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns...

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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It only takes 15-20 minutes to visit, but it's a worthwhile stop. Hard to imagine how this underground cistern could be built let alone the fact that it once held 27 million... read more

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Plymouth, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It only takes 15-20 minutes to visit, but it's a worthwhile stop. Hard to imagine how this underground cistern could be built let alone the fact that it once held 27 million gallons of water!

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Must see, Fantastic, it's a must see hidden treasure, it's cheap and very central, its quiet amongst the hustle and bustle of Ista

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing site, once the place of a big Cistern that would have held over 100,000 tons of water. Loved the ornate columns and the marble and stone. The water was stored here for the use of the palace. Quite an ornate facility to store water. f

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was pretty but i don't think is worth 200 Turkish lira... the best attraction are the medusa heads (2) and thats pretty much it.

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This cisterns are relatively close to the Blue Mosque. It is a very nice place to see and to read about. Note: The fishes inside are huge!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I came to istanbul for the second time just to visit this marvelous place.the ticket is cheap.it is a lovely historical place.there you will enjoy a nice walk between the columns there are 2 columns with "caput medusa" head.also there is the wish pool.u can also there take a picture in sultan and sultana clothes for about 25 T.L for... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Something very mysterious and impressive. History of the underground palace of the early thrills descended stairs. Old pillars and columns that you can make wishes by turning the hand, with the thumb pivot are attractions.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I almost forgot to go here because it's easy to miss. It was my favorite of the attractions you have to pay for. It's quiet subtlety and novelty makes it one of my highlights.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One word. Inferno. I went there after reading the dan brown book and I was totally amazed by the place. its so eerie yet I felt so safe! A MUST VISIT.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The fishes are beatiful, you can take photos with costumes of Emperors from OttomanEmpire. It is wonderful place, my favourite part was the stone made to look like medusa's head

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