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Basilica Cistern

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About this place
The Basilica Cistern, is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. It has built by the Romans in 3rd century for providing water to the city. Turkish name of the place "yerebatan" means "sunken" in English.
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Location
1/3 Yerebatan Cd.
İstanbul, 34410
Alemdar
Phone+90 212 522 12 59
Hours of Operation statusOpen · Closes 5:30 PM

Tips from locals

Abdullah
Abdullah
September 24, 2019
This place is mysterious
Abdullah
Abdullah
September 24, 2019
This place is mysterious
Mehmet Nafiz
Mehmet Nafiz
September 22, 2019
The Basilica Cistern was the largest underground cistern, it was used to supply water to the city of Constantinople. The Byzantines had in purpose built large cisterns to store water in order not to be in short supply of water during the summer. The tank is a large underground room with columns that…
Ahmet
Ahmet
September 20, 2019
This is a must visit place while you are already in the old city area
Mehmet
Mehmet
August 31, 2019
Still functioning Basilica with some statues inside, fat fish and water.

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