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“Amazing sight”
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 June 29, 2013

This is not to be missed. I was not expecting much and then was "wowed" after descending the stairs. The audio tour was somewhat helpful.

Thank peggyfloodct
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

It is a very special experience to be down there walking through the cistern. It would be a perfect location for concerts and Parties.

Thank Laktin
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Never thought there was a place like that! It rally is a worth visit. This place is full of history and amazingly well done.

Thank Kika68_21
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

I kept thinking just how much more enjoyable this would have been without spoilt kids running and yelling everywhere....

It would have been a quiet, timeless, meditative underworld.

Try to go when the brats aren't around...or perhaps the people who manage this place could exercise some supervision, as can be seen in other respected Istanbul attractions.

Thank PaulMabo
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

My husband and I brought our three children to see Turkey and this has been a highlight. As adults, the engineering marvel of the cistern is amazing. The kids loved imagination-stimulating environment. All in all, we enjoyed the visit.

Thank MEintheME
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