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Address: Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
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+90 212 512 1570
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns...

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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Don't leave Istanbul before visiting this marvelous underground place,the setting for Turkish and foreign movies for many times. It used to be a reservoir of the clty in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Tel Aviv
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visit this basilica at March 2017 and no water at pool! Really not fun! Customer must be updated!

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Torpoint, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went in and down to see many columns in a dimly lit area underground and in water. I am obviously an ignoramus as I can't really think of anything else to say about the place. Someone with better knowledge might be able to wax lyrical but I am afraid I'm lost for words. 20tl per person to enter.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great history when exploring this area. Walkway is short so you can't see much but still interesting when you consider the history behind it all

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Cesme, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't leave Istanbul before visiting this marvelous underground place,the setting for Turkish and foreign movies for many times. It used to be a reservoir of the clty in the Ottoman age. With its huge coloumns and the lighting it has a mystical atmosphere. Don't miss the coloumns with upside down faces.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a miracle. We decided to visit the cistern on our one day sightseeing tour in Istanbul. The place entry fee is lot cheaper than any other places and it is just amazing. I loved the romantic way of the lights and columns. I'm only disappointed as they do not let you to use tripod to take photos... More 

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Manila
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just a stone throw away from Hagia Sophia. Very mysterious and very intriguing. A bit difficult to get pictures as it is very dark inside. Look for the pillars of Medusa.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

GPS navigated audio tour. Recommended but audio only says what is in English on the signs. Small place. Small amount of time necessary. If you can jag it in between big groups of noisy tourists and schoolchildren it is rather serene. You can dress up as emperor or empress. Close to all other attractions in Sultanahmet. Avoid the carpet sellers

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Got interested from the day I read Mr. Dan Browns Novel Inferno. Elegant huge underground water tank from the Byzantine era. Cool and calm place. The not so bright lights give a different feel. Don't miss the huge Medusa located in the northwest corner. A must see for all who visits Istanbul. Keep in mind to wait in a long... More 

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Odessa, Ukraine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is truly amazing! When you walk inside you feel like you are transported into a world of mystery and ancient myths!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Historic water cisterns, which not a lot of tourists knew about, you could go there in the winter and have it to yourself, a quiet reflective place.

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