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Address: Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 512 1570
Today
09:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description:

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 not less than attractive than Aya Sophia , it a great place to visit , I suggest to visit it on the early morning

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is not less than attractive than Aya Sophia , it a great place to visit , I suggest to visit it on the early morning

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Amazing place to be. Mysterious and timeless. You got the feeling of lost underwater basilicas of Byzantine era.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Impressive!!! Makes me wish I had paid closer attention in history class. An example of the Roman Empire's contribution to advanced civilization.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful little gem of ancient architecture. Quite eerie but worth the experience to walk around! Quite centrally located with the main mosques also - so can be all done in one day!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Yerebatan needs just an hour of yours. If you visit this place in Summer you may feel like you have a breathing break, since it is naturally cold inside. This is a historical place with high columns, lightened water and cold climate under the ground. Yerebatan has been used for collecting potable water and serving it to the city by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Such an immpresive attraction, great if you like roman history, a must see! If you only go to instanbul once u should see this

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing spot to visit, unimaginable that after all this time it still holds water. Close to the Blue Mosque, a must visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Located near hagia sophia, used to be serve as underground water storage during the ottoman empire, you can also throw a coin in the water to make a wish if you want. P.S.- Dont forget to see the medusa located towards the end.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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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