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Basilica Cistern

Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
+90 212 512 1570
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Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
+90 212 512 1570
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Reviewed yesterday

It is dark & humid, but your eyes adjust to the low light as you move thru the walkways. Purchase a headphone tour as soon as you come down the stairs. It turns on & off as you move thru walkways, noting special features. It...More

Thank Aan95
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Interesting to see. Definitely worth a visit. In and out in 15-20 minutes. Be sure to check out the medusa heads!

Thank seherm11
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Harika ve çok enteresan bir yer,gidilmesi gerek.Yer altında ve gizemli hikayesi var.It is a very exciting place underground with bridges on it,sometimes organisations are made here,must have seen.

Thank Gonca G
Reviewed 4 days ago

I had heard about the inverted Medusa head and wanted to see this for myself. By the time i reached this place, it was almost closing and the guard told me to move quickly and complete my tour in 10 minutes!! As you walk down...More

Thank simple_traveler_78
Reviewed 4 days ago

This historical masterpiece is worth visiting and learning about. The history spans so much time across different occupying forces in Istanbul that you can really learn so much about the city's history. Not to mention the fact that it is quite a marvel of ancient...More

Thank Naila R
Reviewed 4 days ago

The fascinating history of this huge Justinian Cistern, built to provide a constant water supply to his fledgling capital, is only half the story. It remained undiscovered for centuries and even then was only used as a waste dump until it was cleaned up and...More

Thank JJHDerbyshire
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is an interesting place for whole family.History and certain coolness and darkness of space creates a fun atmosphere for visitors.There is a big red fish there due to lack of sunlight have lost their color

Thank fahimeh22
Reviewed 4 days ago

It is a must visit place in Istanbul. The rich history lies on the Basilica Cistern (moreover grab the headset (with charge) to know more about each area? Medusa' head and the crying column - I felt and heard that actually that their voices remains...More

1  Thank T4877JYerict
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great place it is a must see in Istanbul, it is located in front of sultanahmet mosque I also recommend a fresh juice from the dope inside

Thank Ghany
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It's one of the thinks you have to see in this life. Ancient but super preserved... I visit it every time I go go Istanbul

Thank Roula K
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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Can i use museum pass for this place???
15 April 2017|
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Response from ahjahanshir | Reviewed this property |
No. you cannot. Museum pass is basically for the museums, and basilica cistern is not a museum.
Can you pay by USD or credit card? Which credit cards?
29 January 2017|
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Response from orkenvandrer | Reviewed this property |
It was cash only (Lira only) when we visited in October 2016, both for the entrance fee and at the little cafe downstairs. The photobooth and the souvenir-shop accepted credit-card, both. Enjoy your visit!
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Just pics Basilica Cistern, . I have a DSLR Nikon camera. CAn you tell me what setting you use. Im not the best on this. Appreciate it. Goin March 23. Any help appreciated. Thank you
29 January 2017|
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Response from Ray B | Reviewed this property |
I do not have that camera not sure of settings, but it is very dark down there, only lit with artificial lighting, so if you have a setting for dark and dim light, use it. Ray