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“Cool off Underground in a Roman Underworld”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern
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Small-Group Istanbul Tour: Skip-the-Line Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern...
Ranked #6 of 1,033 things to do in Istanbul
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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.
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Cool off Underground in a Roman Underworld”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

Right by the Aya Sophia and Blue Mosque is this gem that if you didn't know it was there, you probably would never spot it. A small entry takes you down the steps to this might cistern from Justinian's time. forgotten for centuries amazing Roman works!!

Visited May 2013
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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Impressive!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

Incredible how they built this place so long ago and magnificent architecture from the Roman times. good lighting, a bit chilly due to humidity but overall a must.

Visited June 2013
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“Absolutely fabulous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

Too cool for words! This underground haven is just breathtaking....truly an other worldly experience

Visited June 2013
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Militello in val di Catania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Aya Sofia, a must!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

It is a place that every tourist should see. The only problem is that there are very long lines to buy tickets. Depending on when you get there , you can wait over 45 minutes.

Visited May 2013
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“Great Marvel!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

An underground water storage system with carved columns & great history. Check out the website for the history. A great place to try out your camera's power.
This is right across the street from Hagia Sophia & part of the Hippodrome and easily accessible with a TL 10 ticket & short lines even on the days the cruise ships are in port.
Once you enter via the steps, its quite dark & there is water all around & signs are posted saying the floor could be a bit slippery...wear good walking shoes. On one side there is a professional taking pictures of tourists dressed in traditional royal outfits...which is a nice diversion. A CD is the best value for money & it can be tested in their DVD player before leaving.
A short walk around to see the column with the evil eye design and further down to the 2 columns constructed over the Medusa head. Not much room around to take pictures, especially with many tourists trying to take simultaneously. Signs are posted to walk towards the Medusa columns. Water has many fish swimming & is a good diversion for kids.

Visited May 2013
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