Must be seen. This underground basilica has amazing ceiling and overall construction idea that was implemented over 1500 yeas ago!!
About Basilica Cistern
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The cistern is 1 of Istanbul's must see it is amazing & how huge it really is. For your best visit you must line up before 0900 to get in before the huge lines of people arrive. Then you see it at its best while...More
We loved it. Atmospheric. Could have done with a few less tourists , but worth seeing. Nice to have a tea or coffee and soak up the feel of the place.
I would argue that you have to stroll through the cisterns while in Istanbul. You could spend as little as 15 minutes or as long as a few hours. Either way, you will walk out having learned a little and with a cooler, more calm...More
Located in Sultanahmet area very near to the other big attractions in Istanbul. Istanbul Museum card is not valid and price is on the upper limit for a visit which will take 20 min plus queuing time. Recommend to arrive either early or late in...More
So it's very easy to miss the entrance to the cistern unless you see the line of people outside waiting to get in. The two medusa heads inside are very interesting to see and being underground like that is a bit eerie while the water...More
We found the Basilica Cistern to be a great Byzantine Empire engineering feat. We feel it is amazing that it has lasted for more than a millennia and still could be operational if desired. The upside pillar of Medusa was particularly interesting given the myths...More
Really atmospheric space beneath the old quarter. A little spoilt by the volume of visitors but I imagine very tranquil with less tourists. Certainly worth 30 minutes if you are in the area. Cost of 20tl per person.
The cisterns are amazingly beautiful! They were built by the Romans to store water but the architecture is so beautiful. It is definitely a must see on any Trip to Istanbul.