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“Very eerie”
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.
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“Very eerie”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

What a very strange place, it is very eerie with the music playing and being so dark, there are fishes swimming in the water very odd, but it is very interesting to see and I am glad we took the trouble to visit it

Visited October 2013
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“Wow those Romans!”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

You could miss this, I did the first day wasn't as well signposted as some of the other attractions. Going underground and seeing the columns, the size of the cistern and the sheer brilliance of this fete of underground architecture was the highlight of my trip

Visited September 2013
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Millsboro, Delaware
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“This would be great on a hot summer day”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

There was a bit of line to get in and then we had to deal with groups of people once we were down inside, but it was pretty neat to see how the ancients stored water. It was nice and refreshing and this would be a terrific place to take a break on a hot summer day.

Visited September 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“Didn't know anything about it!”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Our guide took us here one day and I didn't know what to expect. After all, it apparently was a place to store drinking water in the case of an enemy siege. But I had no expectation of the vast size of the facility itself, nor of the massive columns that supported the roof. Well worth the visit and it can be done in less than an hour.

Visited October 2013
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Basel, Switzerland
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“Dont miss it”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

It may not sound as interesting as other attractions, but it is definitely worth the visit. Amazing how such an hold subterranean structure is still intact.

There are two special columns with a medusa head on them. Usually where there is a bunch of people. Nice opportunity for a picture.

Tip if you have children: bring some bread. There are fishes in the Cistern and they will provide some amusement when fed.

Takes around 30 min, if I remember correctly it costs around 10TL per person.

Visited September 2013
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