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The Basilica Cistern
Istanbul Top 1 in Amazing Nighttime Views

4.5/5
585 Reviews
Historical Site
Liked by 29
Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1 hour
Address: Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34410 Fatih / Istanbul
Phone: +90-212-5121570

What people are saying:

This place is located just cross the road from Hagia Sophia and the entrance ticket is only 20 Turkish lira. There are many famous columns inside such as Medusa's head column and crying column.

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  • domerol
    domerol
    Paris, Ile-de-France
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    History at your feet

    "isn't that the place from the movie Inferno?" yes, but it's not exactly the most relevant answer compared to the 1500 years of history packed in this antique byzantine citerne, which you can admire ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1613632055000+0800)/
  • steffanygramme
    steffanygramme
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    good

    very ipressive and nice peacefull underground musum. It must be very chill in summer when its hot outside

    Reviewed on /Date(1613523228000+0800)/
  • 82cancan
    82cancan
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    My fifth time

    When i visit sultanahmet i love to be in summer time at basilica cistern make me feel relax cool the art iş uniqe everyone sould try my opinion

    Reviewed on /Date(1613484652000+0800)/
  • AnaMariaPete
    AnaMariaPete
    Bucharest, Romania
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    Worth a visit

    We were here as a family and really enjoyed it. It is quite dark but with a lot of "candles" so the atmosphere is wonderful. Stroller accessible as well (except for the stairs at the entrance / exit)....

    Reviewed on /Date(1612038224000+0800)/
  • Lylecanada
    Lylecanada
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    Traveled south/ western turkey some years ago.

    This is how the city survived so many conflicts. the massive city walls were defensive but a source of fresh water is what made them impregnable. you need to see this in order to appreciate the city's...

    Reviewed on /Date(1611583550000+0800)/

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Introduction

The Basilica Cistern is located next to the Hagia Sophia Museum and was built under the orders of Byzantine Emperor Justinian. It has a capacity of 80,000 cubic meters of water, served as an underground reservoir used by the Byzantine and Ottoman Palaces and is still in use today. The Basilica Cistern is now a famous tourist attraction due to its historic importance and architectural beauty. In the dim light of the Basilica Cistern, thick Corinthian stone pillars support massive brick vaults engraved with exquisite reliefs. Sometimes you can even find fish swimming about. Because of the unique air of mystery here, it has served as a filming site for both the James Bond installment, “Skyfall”, and Jackie Chan’s “Secret City”.
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