Basilica Cistern

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  • Address: Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34410 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey, Istanbul
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +90-2125221259
  • Ticket Price: 10 TRY
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Landmark, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture

The Sunken Cistern is an ancient water reservoir built during the 5th century on the site of what used to be a famous basilica. It’s said over 7000 slaves were used in the construction of this cistern. Its capacity is if of roughtly 100000 tonnes of water. It has been featured in the James Bond movie “From Russia With Love”. Of special interest are its two base columns featuring the head of Medusa, the origins and purpose of which are unknown. The softly lit attraction creates a gentle ambience. It’s a fantastic treaure in summer beacuse of its cool subterranean breeze.

The Basilica Cistern is a 5th century water reservoir that holds a gargantuan volume of water and was built on the very site a basilica used to be. There is a small ticket for Basilica Cistern, but many people turn up so it might take time to get the ticket. The Basilica Cistern ticket prices are reasonable but if you buy tickets for Basilica Cistern in advance from our ticketing section you can simply skip on lines and fast forward to the attraction immediately. Basilica Cistern tickets can also be clubbed with many other attractions in Istanbul. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Istanbul itinerary 2 days.

  • Carry jacket it is cool down there.
  • Watch your steps, the place can get little slippery.
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  • Students: $ 5.00
  • Adult : $ 10.00
  • Foreign visitors: £ 20.00

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  • Basilica Cistern Address: Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34410 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey, Istanbul
  • Basilica Cistern Contact Number: +90-2125221259
  • Basilica Cistern Timing: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm
  • Basilica Cistern Price: 10 TRY
  • Best time to visit Basilica Cistern(preferred time): 09:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Basilica Cistern: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 81.5% of people who visit Istanbul include Basilica Cistern in their plan

  • 37.55% of people start their Basilica Cistern visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Basilica Cistern

Monday, Tuesday and Saturday

82.27% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Basilica Cistern

People normally club together Grand Bazaar and Chora Church while planning their visit to Basilica Cistern.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • A historically significant place to visit when in Istanbul. It's just across the road from the Aya Sophia. Lines appear long but they move quickly and prices are very reasonable. Children under 8 go free. The steps heading down are not steep and are safe. Very interesting, shame there's no water though. The Medusa heads were oddly fascinating. It is dark and a little stinky though. Kids loved it.

  • A must see when you're in Istanbul, make sure you make it all the way to the end to see the Medusa heads and halfway through don't miss the crying column. The lines move fairly quickly and if you're into that sort of thing, then you can dress up as a Sultan or Sultana for some quick photos. The water is diverted right now due to renovations bit still worth every minute.

  • A historical place in Istanbul very close to other attraction. Open for tourist. It's an underground structure once built for storing water in old days. It's very big and a lot of people died to build it. It will first appear to be a church to most people. You will have to buy tickets to enter it and is not with your musium card. There are steps and no wheel chair access. The place is also kept in deem light. Environment in the place is bit damp. there are walking path inside and boards with history written on them. You can take pictures but very little light inside. There is a photo studio where people can take pictures in traditional costume for payment. If your children don't like quite place you better leave them out.

  • This Roman era underground cistern is fascinating. Istanbul Museum Pass is not accepted here. For anyone who is interested in photography, tripods are not allowed inside. The place provides a very good location for a long exposure shot nonetheless. You might get away with a Platypod though. I placed my camera bag on the floor and my camera on the bag to get the shot.

  • This is a cool place to visit. I mean seriously it's cool you're underground and it's cool that's awesome especially when it's hot out! There's history to see. Bring a camera with you that shoots really well in low-light. You can come away with some incredibly beautiful photos!

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