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

Basilica Cistern - Review

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.

Basilica Cistern Information

  • Carry jacket it is cool down there.
  • Watch your steps, the place can get little slippery.
  • Choose one of the classical concerts in the lane nearby to go.

Basilica Cistern Ticket Prices

  • Students: $ 5.00
  • Adult : $ 10.00
  • Foreign visitors: £ 20.00

Basilica Cistern Hours

  • The museum is open to visitors seven days a week. On the first day of the religious festival opens at 1pm.

How To reach Basilica Cistern by Public Transport

  • Eminonu Bus Stop

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TripHobo Highlights for Basilica Cistern

  • 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Basilica Cistern

  • 81.55% 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

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Basilica Cistern, Istanbul Reviews

  • What an Eye opening experience - this was my first touristic like trip to Istanbul and i was fortunate enough to be with my wife and mother / sister in law which are from the area. One of the first places i wanted to see was this cistern and it was such an experience. one of the oldest places i've ever walked through and put my hands. once you get down in the actual water basin, there was a nice relaxing coffee shop you could sit and just watch the fish or drink your tea and be part of the tranquil experience - So cool and a must see if in the area!

  • Unfortunately under renovation with lighting switched to only few lights, no photo opp (too dark), most of the cistern scaffolded off. Could be very impressive - but it's not so much so, because of the construction. At the entrance they mention "water work" but carefully avoid telling that you can't see much inside... Very disappointing. The pic below shows what you get with a good mobile camera.

  • We came here when it is under renovation so half of the place is closed off. What a shame. The water was drained out so you can see the bottom. Some section where there is still water remaining it really smell bad. I can't imagine the people drinking these water in the ancient times. Bring a tripod if you want decent photo as it is very low light here.

  • A nice place if you are into historic places. There is a photo kiosk for taking nice photos with traditional and Ottoman Sultan costumes. However, the humidity is very high, so staying for longer time is not necessary. Good place for a quick visit in the heart of the old city of Istanbul.

  • Truly incredible what was achieved here. Very dark inside but that adds to the total experience. Well worth the visit. Medusa heads are located at the very end of the walkway

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