Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

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Basilica Cistern, Istanbul - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34410 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Phone: +90-2125221259

Ticket Price: 10 TRY

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details

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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.

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 Opening and Closing 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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  • Since having seen photos when i was a child, i always dreamt of visiting. I wasn't disappointed. The atmosphere is amazing. If you are up to take an overpriced photo in Turkish outfit as a souvenir you can as well do that. This is however not my go. Go and enjoy what generations before is were capable to pull off.

  • It should be great, and it must be great, but the (re)construction works haven't allowed us to fully appreciate the space. I felt that a big portion of the cistern was closed for visitors, and that besides a small area where they've maintained the fishes, the floor space was without water... A big disappointment and I wish they've told us in advance (through the website or even at the ticket office) that it was like that. If one can only experience a part of the visit, there I no reason to pay a full ticket...

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  • The largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. Don't forget to see famous Medusa column bases. Tradition has it that the blocks are oriented sideways and inverted in order to negate the power of the Gorgons' gaze.

  • Short and interesting walk to see the cistern. I immediately recognized it from the movie “Inferno”. There were a few boards explaining various attributed. You could also pay to have your photo taken in authentic Turkish garb... cost was a few dollars per person.

  • It's very special, especially if you are a fan of Dan Brown as it was featured on Inferno. Eerie, mystic atmosphere. For me, I'm more interested in the fact that it was the historic underground reservoir for the whole city. Entrance fee is about 20 TL. It's better to buy Turkey museum pass, as it gonna save you a lot

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