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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
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Reviewed March 26, 2015

Absolutely one of the best things we did in Instanbul. We were there late in the day, almost at closing and had the place to ourselves, which made it so mysteriously beautiful. The medusa heads are really interesting and I could have just spend hours...More

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Reviewed March 26, 2015

A magical and mystical experience! As a photographer, the cistern took my breath away! A must see if you are in Istanbul!

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Reviewed March 26, 2015

The Basilica Cistern is one attraction you should definitely make time for. It is so close to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia so just ask for directions if you can’t find it. It cost 20 Turkish lira to enter. There was a sign stating...More

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Reviewed March 26, 2015

One of the most beautiful things I have seen in Istanbul. It is so quiet, calming and inspiring. I was said that a lot of people miss it when they sightsee the city, so be sure to take a look at it!

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Reviewed March 26, 2015

I enjoyed my visit to see this most fascinating and unusual underground water system. Note you will need a good camera with flash to take photos in the reduced light.

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Reviewed March 26, 2015

Very nice to see, the music they play there makes you fell like you stepped back in history. It s a must to go there.

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Reviewed March 25, 2015

This was part of our tour of Istanbul. We hired a private guide / transport for the day. We made this our stop in the middle of the day, and it was nice to escape the heat for a bit. It was a unique site....More

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Reviewed March 25, 2015

This site near the main tourist section of Istanbul deserves an hour+ of your time if visiting Istanbul for the first time. There are several ancient memorials left by the Romans. You can use your imagination to see how they secured their water supply.

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Reviewed March 25, 2015

It is a different experience than the usual attractions in Istanbul. We never heard of it before. We saw a bunch of people waiting outside some entrance and, out of curiosity, we went to check it out, and I'm glad that we did. It was...More

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Reviewed March 25, 2015

Very unique experience, quick visit, but worth the time. Very close to Hagia Sofia and other touristy attractions

Thank Julia K
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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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