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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...more
After a long queuing it was only 20tl and once we walked down the stair cases we did approach a water storage area from19th century's it was amazing to see all the columns and the stone heads where the best
We dropped into the Basilica Cistern after enduring the Blue Mosque across the road, not knowing much about the structure beforehand we both stood at the base of the entry stairs and said exactly the same thing at the same time.
And wow it...More
Title speaks for itself. A nice reprieve from the heat. Some interesting Roman columns, 2 with a medusa head for theatrical effect. No water unfortunately as its undergoing some refurb which kills some of the romance. It's small so it should kill 30 mins of...More
It’s nice being in the cool of the earth and it’s a great thing to see but at the moment there is quite a lot of restoration work going on. It’s still a sight to see but be prepared for some hoarded off areas
If you read about the place in the book, and is itchy to see how mystically beautiful the place is, then not today... Toda the whole place is under reconstruction. Regardless the reconstruction Turkish administration is not closing the place and still is charching 20TL...More
Great place fo visit! Stay at the line if it necesary because the place worth so much. Another world under the ground constructed by Justinianus I, Byzantium emperor, it is a water reservoir with many marble columns, 2 of them having Medusa’s head at the...More
The cistern is really under-rated. I thought it was one of the top places to go in Istanbul. no line to get in, lovely and cool inside. It's dark and peaceful, a great place to get out of the heat. it is directly opposite Hagia...More
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
retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
Response from Dunners79 | Reviewed this property |
There is a lot of construction both around the Basilica and in the area, and most of the gardens of the basilica are enclosed with signboards and fencing so it is easy to miss. Look for a single story building with guards... More
There is a lot of construction both around the Basilica and in the area, and most of the gardens of the basilica are enclosed with signboards and fencing so it is easy to miss. Look for a single story building with guards outside directly across the street from the Sultan Ahmet Park.
I’ve just checked Google Maps and it pins the entrance perfectly.
Response from s_gilchrist62 | Reviewed this property |
you can message the basilica directly and ask, via their website
nothing is listed for any concerts
if you go to the website it will be in Turkish.... click on the top right, EN for the website in English