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Review of Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern
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Private Half-day Tour: Imperial Istanbul - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and...
Ranked #6 of 1,044 things to do in Istanbul
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Fee: Yes
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.
Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Must see”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

Great place to visit, especially in a hot summer day. It was very cold and rainy in Istanbul during my visit, but this place took my breath away nevertheless.

Visited February 2014
Thank IrenaBit
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Oak Ridge
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356 reviews
172 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“go see if you have the time”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

This was a very interesting tangent to our tour -- it is an ancient water storage system. Kind of spooky but very cool with the lights, etc. I wish there were more displays about the history of the cistern, but it is very enjoyable.

Visited February 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Waterworks of old”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

A marvel of engineering and construction. Hard to believe the age and fact it was unknown for years. A relaxing walk around and a vital part of Istanbul's existence. Worth the visit!

Visited February 2014
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Milan, Italy
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261 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

Stopped by this site on our last day in town. It was really cool. The fee is 10TL to enter. It appears that there is handicapped access through the exit--- kind of unique in Europe. This is totally worth your 30 minutes of time. The only reason that I'm giving this site 4 instead of 5 stars is the fact that they've totally touristed it out. There are people dressed up like sultans and such constantly chirping about getting your picture taken with them near the front entrance. It was so annoying and I couldn't walk fast enough to the other side of the cistern.

Visited March 2014
Thank carzim59
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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A most unforgetable experience”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

it's the most amazing place I have ever visited... the lights are perfect, the music nice, and you will never forget this experience

Visited February 2014
Thank LMJCB92
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