Basilica Cistern

Price guide: Budget

Yerebatan Caddesi No. 13, Sultanahmet , Istanbul, 34410

Price guide: Budget

Basilica Cistern
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Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Design and architecture, History

Best for Families - Expert review of Basilica Cistern

Atmospheric underground structure that once supplied Istanbul with water.

With its high ceilings and massive columns, it’s easy to see why this dramatic underground structure is also known as the “Sunken Palace” in Turkish. The Byzantine-era cistern was once a key element in bringing water to the city from the Belgrade Forest; today, it’s a half-romantic, half-spooky place to wander through on wooden walkways constructed above the water.

Price advice: 

Admission is 10 lira.

Expert tips: 
Visiting the cistern is a great way to cool off in the middle of a hot summer day.

More information on Basilica Cistern:

Price guide:
Architectural site, Historic site
Yerebatan Caddesi No. 13, Sultanahmet , Istanbul, 34410
0212 522 12 59
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Every day 9am-7pm.

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