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Basilica Cistern

Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
+90 212 512 15 70
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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) 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
Sultanahmet
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"medusa heads"
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Reviewed yesterday

This cistern is located in the historic part of Istanbul and clise to mist of the other attractions such as Blue mosque and Haiga Sphia. This is an underground building made by Romans for provision of water. The area is dark then if a flash...More

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Reviewed yesterday

A fascinating place that one must visit. It does not take long to cover all parts. It is under renovation and I am sure it will be an even better to visit when it is all done

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Outside, it was very hot. So, going down into the Cistern was a good move. Nice and cool. Lots of people from all over the world. Lots of different languages being spoken. Saw many people taking "selfies" all along the boardwalk. Getting back into the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Up a side street, the entrance to this incredibly historic piece of engineering is less than obvious. Once inside, you are transported back 1500 years, to the water tank of Constantinople. With its clever lighting of the columns, this huge tank has many wonders, especially...More

Thank Norman M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a wonderful surprise! I had no idea how water was supplied in ancient times. Great tour, be sure to hire a guide. There is a lot to learn about this place. Kids would like this place as well as adults.

Thank Gremlin92630
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Although online it seems to indicate that the renovation work is complete that did not seem to be the case. Most of the cistern did not have water in it which was disappointing as I was looking to see the fish swimming around. The lighting...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Not worth of visiting if you have less time, the place has does not offer much for the visitors and may be skipped

Thank sheentagh
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really very nice experience visiting One of the magnificent historical structures of Istanbul is The Basilica Cistern Near Hagia Sophia The Cistern is 9800 sq mts & has the capacity of 100,000 tons of Water Storage

Thank KABERI M
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

An original visit underground Istanbul. It's worth visiting there. The mixed between water and architecture is interesting.

Thank valledario
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Was expecting more it is quite small as work is going on and it's partly closed off. No water only a dirty pool at the end. Should really be closed until work is complete but obviously want to make money. Medusa heads only thing to...More

Thank 123sam75
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Deborah B
4 April 2018|
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Response from Durga M | Reviewed this property |
There is no concert there it is a underground place
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mechesister13
28 March 2018|
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Response from Dimitris L | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is open every single day! Even when some other museums are closed on certain days, the Basilica Cistern is still open!Just watch out for periods of religious holidays, as during those times opening times may vary... More
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nanbarbie
20 March 2018|
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Response from Tracey G | Reviewed this property |
yes, there is a ticket office at the entrance.
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