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Review of Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 12, 2012

This piece of architecture is simply stunning. Preservation is exceptional even if the mandatory concrete walking path is a necessary evil. It is worth going all the way to the end to see the two sculpted medusas.

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

It's amazing that without technology what was achieved. If you into engineering and 'How things work' this place will be of interest to you.

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

What a piece of engineering. Hidden from the City you wouldn't know it was there apart from a small sign...9800 sq mtrs of underground water cistern with a vast array of columns. Could be a problem for the less mobile, I didn't see any disability access.

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Don't overlook this, its worth a visit! Very interesting and is easy to walk passed and miss. Def worth a visit!

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Loved this attraction! Perfect if you have an hour of so spare, found it well worth a visit and would recommend.

Thank Susuz
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