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Basilica Cistern

(Yerebatan Sarnıcı)
Historic Site
Alemdar, Fatih
  • Khaled H.
    "amazing shots of the columns"(13 Tips)
    "much hyped about Medusa heads"(11 Tips)
    Michel P.
    "6th century Byzantine architecture of emperor Justinian I. Watch"(8 Tips)
    "500 feet southwest of the Hagia Sophia"(5 Tips)
170 Tips and reviews
  • historic sites
  • museums
  • column
  • medusa heads
  • byzantine
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  • Aytek
    Aytek21 hours ago
    Susuz sarnıç!
  • Doc E.
    Doc EmerJanuary 6
    Look for the Medusa statues. Bring a camera with a night mode. A great place for romance if you have a prospective date. Not for people with nightblindness.
  • Zachary M.
    Zachary MukahalDecember 28, 2016
    Such beautiful your step it can be quite slippery.
  • Bahar F.
    Bahar FDecember 18, 2016
    Amazing 😉
  • Rodolfo G.
    Rodolfo GabrielOctober 9, 2016
    Beautiful historical place but lack of appreciation from the city to restore or making it a good place for visitors.
  • Aleksandr M.
    Aleksandr MalkinSeptember 3, 2016
    It's one of the most unusual attractions in the world. May be crowded. Must see.
  • 📍sevgi
    📍sevgiAugust 22, 2016
  • Shaileshwori S.
    Shaileshwori SharmaJuly 22, 2016
    Great (spooky) atmosphere that makes for magnificent photos & a coolness (literally) to match. The preservation of history is done remarkably. Tip: watch your step as some parts can be extra slippery.
  • Lasma L.
    Lasma LiepaJuly 7, 2016
    Amazing place. Worth to visit! Great cool down during hot day!
  • Parisa T.
    Parisa TajJune 21, 2016
    Must visit place 👌🏻
  • Erin A.
    Erin AugustineJune 9, 2016
    This is the only Cistern worth going to and it is really awesome!
  • Meri S.
    Meri StrawberryJune 8, 2016
    Fantastic place!:-)
  • Olga K.
    Olga KorolenkoMay 13, 2016
    Amazing beauty, amazing feelings!
  • Taras K.
    Taras KnyshMay 2, 2016
    "Wow" place. Must see!
  • Mr P.
    Mr P'MeeApril 30, 2016
    Avoid having your picture taken in Ottoman garb inside the place. The staff was very rude to us. One of them grumbled to me about Asian tourists including my foreign girlfriend and friend.
  • Natalia U.
    Natalia UMarch 8, 2016
    Wonder historical place
  • Birkan F.
    Birkan F.GüvenMarch 3, 2016
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  • Rose d.
    Rose de VeraFebruary 19, 2016
    Beautiful,but it being underground terrifies me.
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinJanuary 1, 2016
    The largest surviving Byzantine cistern in Istanbul. Made up of 336 columns and can hold up to 80000 cubic metres of water.
  • Tempus F.
    Tempus FugitDecember 14, 2015
    Good place to see
  • Nidal ..
    Nidal .December 10, 2015
    Audio guide isn't necessary... A very good place to be, well located near aya sophia. Don't miss the ottoman photo cession dowstairs.
  • Yasaman R.
    Yasaman RahmaniNovember 20, 2015
    Its a marvelous place to keep quiet for some time, listen to the sound of water and the big fish exhaling softly through years. Its such an experience.
  • Thanos A.
    Totally worth visiting this atmospheric place. 20TL entrance to see biggest and most beautiful cistern dating from the Byzantine period and used to cover some of the Constantinople needs of water.
  • ed A.
    ed AbellaNovember 3, 2015
    i feel the medieval Roman mood.
  • Greta G.
    Greta GedutytėOctober 31, 2015
    Love this place!! Must place to see for everyone at least once!
  • Moira W.
    Moira WillowOctober 25, 2015
    Incredibly romantic place :)
  • Tugra G.
    Tugra GöndenOctober 21, 2015
    Amazing place, used to have concerts there and of course James Bond
  • Hind T.
    Hind TOctober 21, 2015
    Should but not a must see site
  • Kursat Taner U.
    Kursat Taner UnalOctober 15, 2015
    It's an unusual place and it's a must for visitors.
  • Pardis D.
    Pardis DrnOctober 5, 2015
    I never expected such a huge construction under ground with such a beauty. It is worth experiencing 👌🏻
  • Helen T.
    Helen TanOctober 1, 2015
    The Museum Kart is not valid here. But for 20TL it was a magical experience when u enter the place. Not much about the Medusa head, but surely a nice place to visit.
  • Cassie U.
    Cassie UttSeptember 29, 2015
    Great to visit!
  • Nadia I.
    Nadia IssaBellaSeptember 27, 2015
    Where Sean Connery spied on the Russians
  • Erika K.
    Erika KuročkinaSeptember 19, 2015
    Magical place. You can feel the strength of the history
  • Melon L.
    Melon LSeptember 9, 2015
    Don't worry the line moves quickly! Make sure you find the medusa head.
  • Anton C.
    Anton ChebotaevAugust 22, 2015
    Cistern in a way of museum
  • Murad R.
    Murad RAugust 21, 2015
    You should visit here. It is really great.
  • James
    JamesAugust 18, 2015
    A must see.
  • Rafael M.
    Rafael MarinAugust 16, 2015
    It's one of the best places I visited in Istanbul. I reminded me of the last part of the Inferno novel. And don't leave without a Muslim costume picture!
  • Alyona D.
    Alyona DrobyshevaAugust 11, 2015
    Nice place for sunny hot day) but there are some strange things - for example, photo zone with national clothes or guys who do selfies)
  • Khaled H.
    Khaled HamdyAugust 11, 2015
    very nice historic place, read about it before u go.. take a tripod for amazing shots of the columns
  • Jetset Extra
    Jetset ExtraAugust 8, 2015
    Built by thousands of slaves in the 6th century, the Basilica Cistern is a vast cathedral-like chamber with a forest of 336 carved marble columns symmetrically positioned. Read more
  • Michel P.
    Michel PercanAugust 6, 2015
    Astonishing remains of the 6th century Byzantine architecture of emperor Justinian I. Watch out for slippery floor near Medusa heads.
  • Akshay P.
    Akshay PatilJuly 30, 2015
    Watch "From Russia With Love" before your trip -- the movie features scenes in the Cistern shot a few decades before the space was opened to the public.
  • Grace N.
    Grace NgJuly 27, 2015
    The cistern and there is a cute dress up photo opportunity which you can buy the picture afterwards
  • Sevda
    SevdaJuly 20, 2015
    It is always crowded but it gives me peace when I go there. It is like a heaven :)
  • Asli P.
    Asli PehlivanJuly 14, 2015
    Tourist entrance fee is twice as much than the turkish citizen fee, this is not acceptable! The prices are written in different languages, so the tourists don't understand this difference!
  • Andrey
    AndreyJuly 4, 2015
    After Dan Brown's Inferno I wanted to come here and see everything with my own eyes. Liked it.
  • Marco O.
    Marco OrtizJune 3, 2015
    Very curious historic site, it's worth the visit.
  • Alex L.
    Alex Lazo VasquezMay 19, 2015
    Walk all the way to the medusa head, very interesting spot. Oh, and read Inferno by Dan Brown ;)
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