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“Atmospheric - a hidden gem”
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.
London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Atmospheric - a hidden gem”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

This twilight world is just extraordinary - don't miss it! Despite the visitor numbers, it's a strangely calm atmosphere down below the streets of this busy city.

Visited June 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Must see”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

We didn't have much time, but decided not to miss this attraction....thank God we did...
Well organized, fast paced lines, amazing experience of old ruins.. For 10 lira, def. worth a pay!
Walk from sultan Ahmed district, no need for a taxi!

Visited August 2013
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Mountainside, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“More Than A Sewer”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Had to talk my husband into visiting this attraction and he was not sorry. Close to Aya Sophia and Blue Mosque. 10 TL entrance fee. It is a long cavern with Greek style columns standing in water. Regular concrete walks for tourists. Goldfish swim in the water. Walk to the very end to see the Medusa head which is upside down at the base of a column. It is well marked.

Visited August 2013
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Turin, Italy
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“amazing”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

this place was magic...
we went in just after ramadan and was a bit crowded, anyway I still consider it one of the best things seen in Istanbul!!!!!!
don't miss it!!!!!!

Visited August 2013
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Virginia
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“Dan Brown was here!”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

Underground. Area when they used to store the water supply for the entire city. Lighting makes it a bit spooky! Look for the upside down medusa!

Visited August 2013
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