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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.
Valdosta, Georgia
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Reviewed November 14, 2012 via mobile

It's quite an amazing site to see when taken into the account the age of it. On thing to note though is it is quite warm down underground and humid as well.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Better than expected”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

While it was very crowded, it was well worth visiting here. Fun seeing the fish. Difficult to get photos of the Medusa heads as people were crowded right around it and wouldn't move after taking their own photos.

Visited October 2012
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San Francisco
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

We almost missed the Cistern, but when we went, it was well worth the visit. It was fascinating that such a sophisticated water supply was in place so many years ago.

Visited October 2012
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Plymouth, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“amazing and atmospheric”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

We observed large crowds during the main part of the day so went first thing in the morning - well worth the entrance fee - make sure you take lira as they don't accept dollars, euros etc and some people from cruise ships had to whizz off to the cashpoint to get the money. The attraction looks very unassuming from the outside, don't be fooled it's larger than it looks and you may be suprised where you come out! Very good atmosphere, fascinating place with some touristy bits and a cafe. Although we did most of the other sights we enjoyed this the most. The queue dies off a bit towards closing time so that's another good time to go.

Visited November 2012
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Vienna, Virginia
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“Hidden treasure”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

On my first trip I went by the entrance and missed it. I didn't miss on my second trip and it was worth the visit. A visit helps to understand the historical role of Istanbul as a fortress city; this huge supply of water allowed the defenders to withstand a siege. Impressive when one considers the timeframe when this was constructed. Take the time to walk down all the walkways; some very impressive sites to see.

Visited November 2012
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