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Basilica Cistern
Yerebatan Sarnici

587 Reviews
Istanbul Top 3 in Can't Miss Attractions
Historical Site
Liked by 32
Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1 hour
Address: Alemdar Mah. Yerebatan Cad. 34410 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90-212-5121570

What people are saying:

The entrance is not expensive, the entrance is very hidden, the small white house, the queue is very large, the best to go in the morning. The scene in the movie is seen, but the light is dim, there is a very strange feeling.

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The Basilica Cistern is located next to the Hagia Sophia Museum and was built under the orders of Byzantine Emperor Justinian. It has a capacity of 80,000 cubic meters of water, served as an underground reservoir used by the Byzantine and Ottoman Palaces and is still in use today. The Basilica Cistern is now a famous tourist attraction due to its historic importance and architectural beauty. In the dim light of the Basilica Cistern, thick Corinthian stone pillars support massive brick vaults engraved with exquisite reliefs. Sometimes you can even find fish swimming about. Because of the unique air of mystery here, it has served as a filming site for both the James Bond installment, “Skyfall”, and Jackie Chan’s “Secret City”.
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