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Basilica Cistern
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Private Half-day Tour: Imperial Istanbul - Hagia...
Ranked #8 of 1,175 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

This structure is amazing!
We’ve never seen anything like it anywhere in the world. The sultan who organised the construction of this cistern was certainly a clever man.
Come to Istanbul and check it out.

Thank tonyrachael
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

It is amazing to see an old cistern still in use - but now for a congres and other events. Water leaks in some places, every column has its roman number... It is hidden behind a park in Sultanahmet.

Thank Piran4
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

the cistern was amazing to see and imagine how this facilty once housed gallons and gallons of water. seeing the construction of these columns and the attention to detail. and of course the detail on the medusa heads were amazing. so when you go here close your eyes and imagine your there durning the days of ancient Constantinople

Thank chris m
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Ooohhhhhhh great place for sure. It is a piece of untold history. I swear I saw fear in some visitors eyes. And donot forget to visit medosa's head and crying column in it.

Thank hadi f
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

I can’t remember the number of times this place has been used in Hollywood movies. Entering it, I understand why. The view of endless roman pillars (total of 336 columns) makes you feel you’ve entered a different realm. You gotta salute the Romans for devising this clever water system which I understand from the tour guide was a mathematical ingenuity that piped water from elsewhere and brought into then Constantinople.

Thank Ruslena
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