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1001 Direk Sarnici

Imran Oktem Cad.Binbirdirek Mah. | Binbirdirek Sarnıcı / Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
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the 'other' cistern

This cistern is not as busy as the Basilica version but is no less impressive, a shirt walk u the... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
Andrew R
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Nantwich, United Kingdom
NOT open daily

Not particularly well signposted so not easy to find. When we did eventually find the entrance it... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
HelenP526
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Ilford, United Kingdom
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18 Mar 2017
“the 'other' cistern”
16 Feb 2017
“NOT open daily”
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Imran Oktem Cad.Binbirdirek Mah. | Binbirdirek Sarnıcı / Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Sultanahmet
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

This cistern is not as busy as the Basilica version but is no less impressive, a shirt walk u the hill from the Blue Mosque, ti is dry so perhaps not a atmospheric as its more popular cousin but it was better for photography as...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2017

Not particularly well signposted so not easy to find. When we did eventually find the entrance it was all locked up because it was a Sunday although any info I could find on it stated that it was open daily.

Thank HelenP526
Reviewed 25 March 2016

Well worth a look much smaller than the more famous Cistern but very impressive none the least. Not a great deal of information on show however and only good for a short visit.

Thank Sbangsuk
Reviewed 10 March 2016

There are several former Byzantine underground water reservoirs in central Istanbul, but the one all tourists know and visit is the most spectacular and the biggest cistern of them all: the Basilica Cistern or the Yerebatan Sarnici in Turkish. Being so well known, one also...More

Thank saronic
Reviewed 29 December 2015

The Binbirdirek Cistern has 224 pillars, not 1001. That designation may come from the Turkish "a thousand and one," which means multiplicity. But it is still worth a visit. Though Binbirdirek fails to match the Basilica Cistern as a tourist attraction, it offers an interesting...More

2  Thank Rumples
Reviewed 17 December 2015

Open daily 9am - 6pm. This cistern is well worth a visit. Much smaller than the Basilica Cistern. Located in the Sultanahmet area. 10TL each entrance fee. Very dark and eerie.

Thank hulagirlSurrey
Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

This cistern is a really nice space, with nice details such as the stonemasons' marks on each column. It is quite poorly presented by its current stewards, however: it smells strongly of damp, and there are prominent signs at the entrance prohibiting photos. Given its...More

Thank KAC1987
Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

This Cistern is much more intimate and small than the Basilica one but is very interesting to see in comparison. There are not 1001 columns but the ceilings are amazing and the lighting is great. Just walk into, look at it and go back to...More

Thank Travelaround59
Reviewed 6 June 2015

an atmosphere similar to Yerebatan Sarnici , but not to the same size and the thrilling feeling. unfortunately few tourists take attraction of this place though it is interesting to spend few minutes here. location is perfect , close to all main attractions in sultanahmet...More

Thank Mujda
Reviewed 19 April 2015

The Basillica Cistern is much better, but we'd already visited there, so thought we'd give this one a try. By comparison it wasn't really very good, but it was worth seeing another cistern. Entry fee was a bit steep when compared with the Basillica Cistern....More

Thank David C
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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere
stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
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