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Address: Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 512 1570
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09:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns...

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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This place is just impressive and amazing! Not only famous because the movie Inferno, but also really old. for sure a must see in Istanbul.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Worth a visit. Entry fee is 20l and there is no real queue to get in. The entrance can be hard to locate. It's just a little building across from the metro station (pic below). Inside there is no real story and not much to see other than an impressive building.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is just impressive and amazing! Not only famous because the movie Inferno, but also really old. for sure a must see in Istanbul.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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Very old cistern roman time a lot of history you can actually get close to medusa head upside down and take photos

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It was my first time experience underground museum. The atmosphere is super awesome, you feel like you were in ancient times. Overall, it is good to try to enter this museum if you have additional budget)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You must not miss this place. You would never know it was there. Opposite Hagia Sophia. Fascinating and interesting. A must on your list of things to do.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is indeed a special underground construction, saving water to supply the city in the past, and that's all about it. The most important thing you should know is that the price rises again! It costs you 20 TL per person if your are a foreigner, more than double of the price for locals.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A romantic hour so far away in the history and his mistery. Very good for children but also for all the lovers of ancient monuments.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You might recognize the cistern from the movie INFERNO but it has a history all its own. It was built to hold 70 tons of water for a century, or that the pillars are mismatched because they're recycled from various (mostly Greek) temples? Pretty interesting place to visit .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Took us a little while to find the entrance as it's quite hidden. 20TL per person but most definitely worth it!!! Quite wet underground with little drops falling down but we thought it jist added a great effect! Amazing little paths and such great photo opportunities! Don't forget to check out the Medusa head statues!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The atmosphere is unbelievable and after reading Dan Brown 's book and watching Tom Hanks movie Inferno, it is a must see location

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