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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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Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
+90 212 512 15 70
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Reviewed 5 days ago

After I've seen the movie " Inferno " I promised myself to visit this place. The lights, the noise of drops of water creates a lovely atmosphere.

Thank AnaGB78
Reviewed 6 days ago

basillica cistern, is a underground city and a hidden gem. made by Romans, you can see a lot artifacts and some great sculptures.

Thank Chris A
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Amazing place with mystic atmosphere made by the columns lighted softly, immersed with water. Worth to seen, and a must for all Dan Brown's readers. Currently under renovation.

Thank Tysia11
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is really well worth the entrance fee and about thirty minutes of your time. The sheer scale of this is amazing. Even during the refurbishments, there was enough to see and marvel at. Lighting added to the ambiance, although you need to watch your...More

2  Thank Geoff_and_Juls
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although it was Under renovation and they had to moved the fishes to a secured pool we were amazed to see such a huge underground water reservoir and to know there are hundreds of people walking on top of it is also unbelievable. And Medusa...More

Thank banuyollarda
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Built around 532 AD this glorifies the ancient structure. Supposedly a water filteration system it’s grand. The Medusa pillar is a must see. Fee is nominal 20 L

Thank Vivek S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were encouraged to go here by a guide from a previous excursion. Really amazing feat of architecture and of great historical interest. Ideal if you have a spare hour or less to see something i interesting. The entrance fee of TRL 20 is well...More

Thank Tracey G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Basilica Cistern couple of years ago when this place had an amazing feeling, it was full of water and carps swimming. Now the whole cistern is empty as they are refurbishing it. It is still an interesting place and if you did not...More

1  Thank Zabka
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is very popular and Interesting place to visit. It’s located in the center of the old city, next to Ayasofya Museum.

Thank lavdo
Reviewed 1 week ago

Despite the Museum Card advertises you can access this church, they refuse to let you in and you are asked to pay 20TL for a separate ticket. Not great, we decided not to visit.

Thank Cicia81
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Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
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16 September 2017|
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Response from Erica F | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, I don't believe there are any concerts in the Cistern, but Hagia Irene near Hagia Sophia seems to have concerts on a regular basis and is just gorgeous!
Imra-atu Y
5 June 2017|
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Response from bas t | Reviewed this property |
same as the previous answer about 20 turkish lire
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.