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Basilica Cistern

Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
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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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Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
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Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
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Reviewed June 30, 2015

I wasn't expecting what i saw. Beautiful and full of history place. You need to visit. You shall dont miss!

Thank Samuel_Aleixo
Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

Amazing underground building. The two statues at the end adds to the mystery. Make sure you see the medussa statues and get pictures wt them!

Thank Jackie N
Reviewed June 30, 2015

Interesting enough, it is underground, close to Hagia Sophia, ticket is around 20 lira, there are hundreds of colums with a nigh artifical light. Quite cold inside....perfect for a hot day outside.

Thank Denisa C
Reviewed June 30, 2015

Stepping off the streets of Sultanahmet and walking down the stairs into the cistern and facing this magnificent spectacle was awesome! In the beginning one cannot gather how vast and remarkable this place is, until you have walked through the place. During my short visit,...More

Thank yegeneley
Reviewed June 30, 2015

Super cool place, a must see if you are in Istanbul. Amazing to see this place and think of what they had to do to bring water here. Also interesting to see the different columns used to build the place from sifferent moments in history...More

Thank RodrigoUrbina
Reviewed June 30, 2015

Very interesting attraction while in Istanbul. Not likely to be found other places. Amazingly well preserved. Should not be missed if you have extra time in the city.

Thank Brookspal
Reviewed June 30, 2015

Unique atmosphere and microclimate (especially if it's hot outside). Lovely lighting makes it really charming. It's quite big so you can just walk on the paths and enjoy it (maybe not in the area of Medusa). Sometimes there are some special events inside and they...More

Thank semley2015
Reviewed June 30, 2015

Beautiful underground cistern - very atmospheric. It's not very large and only takes about 30 mins to walk around but the entrance fee isn't that high and the queues weren't bad at all when we went. It's somewhere very different - the columns are very...More

Thank louisella76
Reviewed June 30, 2015

The iconic cistern is well worth a short visit. Don't expect to spend hours in there, though and the pan pipe music could drive any sane person mad.

Thank 211Peter
Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

If you are visiting in summer time, this is an excellent place to hide from the heat and bustle of the city. In an instance, you find yourselves taken back more than a millennia. The dark, dimly lit, cool and quiet environment with Doric and...More

Thank Ismail D
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Abdulelah S
January 21, 2018|
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Response from SALAH M | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Good Day 20 Tl less than 4.30 €
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Abdulelah S
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Response from Nick M | Reviewed this property |
we paid 20 Tl each
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JKomiss
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Response from Erica F | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, I don't believe there are any concerts in the Cistern, but Hagia Irene near Hagia Sophia seems to have concerts on a regular basis and is just gorgeous!
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