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Address: Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
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+90 212 512 1570
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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The first thing you have to think is . How they build it. Is very big, and also you can spend hours imagining how, why, how long? Is definitely a must go

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The first thing you have to think is . How they build it. Is very big, and also you can spend hours imagining how, why, how long? Is definitely a must go

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The first time I heard of it, I was expecting something very ordinary, but this place was a total surprise. A must visit!!

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This place is certainly worth visiting, The is no place like this in the "new world". Think that the elders used there to bring water to the whole city is like a trip in time. A little dark and difficult to get good pictures - trípods not allowed unless you pay an exorbitant fare.

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A visitor might walk by the entrance without noticing this place, especially early morning before a cue starts. Everyone visiting Istanbul should see this place!! You descend into another world forgotten by time, this special place is tranquil and surreal. A gorgeous MUST SEE!!

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Went on a guided tour, was interesting but not overly much to see. Was no queue to get in which was good. Good for entrance fee

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Berridale, Australia
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I found out about this site by accident. So glad I did. Magical and haunting - a must see in Istanbul

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It is only 20TL to enter and if you have the time it is a beautiful place to visit. However when I went (May 2017) they were doing some renovation work and it really took away from the experience. Dark and eeriy underground cistern but then sound of power drills cutting through the quietness. Best check that they have finished... More 

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This is one of the important historical sites to visit, apparently. Good to take notice, budget 30 minites for this and take a jersey/ warm jacket along! Bernice South Africa

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As an underground cistern it is really dark (hard to take good pictures because everyone is using their flashlights all the time, some of the internal lamps also interfere on getting good pictures). They are charging 20tl (~€5 as of May 2017) for the entrance fee and an extra 10tl for the multi language audio guide. I honestly don't think... More 

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This was my second to the Basilica. First one was during a concert a good few years ago. Recommended as a pristine example of the cisterns still in existence in Istanbul. Best viewed early morning when less crowded or during one of the events held here at night. At the time of our visit the water was drained and part... More 

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