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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.
Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2012

The cistern was interesting and worth the visit. Very dark and dramatic, and I imagine children especially would be intrigued. Not much to see, though, and it would not be on my short list.

Visited October 2012
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Disappointed visit”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

We heard that this is one of the higlights in Istanbul. We were disappointed, mainly due to the very limited information on the audio guide.

Visited September 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Roman vestige”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

Across the street from Hagia Sofia, don't skip this Roman era vestige. Very interesting to see this structure dating from the Roman era in old Istanbul.

Visited October 2012
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Haslett, Michigan
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“Like a Disney ride only real”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

This is a magical place, with roman columns lined up in rows, stretching the length of a football field, with a meter or so of water, and walkways to explore. There are lights at the bottom of the columns that make lovely patterns in the water. I only wish they had a little boat like Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. Then the Medusa heads, on their sides, holding up columns....you have to see this before you die.

Visited October 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Beautiful and eerie”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

You might remember the scene in the Bond film where James is in a rowboat in the cistern and drills a hole up to the view the boardroom of the alleged Russian Embassy (not true). The lighting is superb and well worth just standing in a corner and soaking in the wonder. Great lighting and fun to watch the fish in the water.

Visited October 2012
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