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“Steps from the Hagia Sophia”
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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“Steps from the Hagia Sophia”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

I was not sure about visiting cistern but after the experience I would say it was a great experience. The engineering that went into its construction is amazing and the fish living in the cistern were not expected. The visit does not take long and is inexpensive.

Visited December 2013
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Turin, Italy
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“Speechless”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

You can't believe the things your are staring at. This place is unbelievable, there are corridor of column perfectly aligned and mirrored in the surface of water. Really one of the best descover you can encounter in all Istanbul

Visited May 2013
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“So cool!”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

The Cistern is such and interesting place to see & to imagine it being filled with water all those years ago is mind blowing! You can't beat the photos that you get at the Cistern! Enjoy!

Visited January 2014
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Amelia Island, FL
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“Fascinating Structure”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

We were glad to tour the engineering marvel that solved water supply problems in the 5th century. It comprises more than two acres and many columns to support its ceiling. I felt like we were on the set for the Phantom of the Opera musical (under the opera house).

Visited August 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“eerie and cool”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

A quick visit is all you need, but this museum gives yet another aspect of ancient Turkish culture - fascinating!

Visited January 2014
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