Yerebatan Caddesi No. 13, Sultanahmet , Istanbul, 34410
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- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Design and architecture, History
Best for Families - Expert review of Basilica Cistern
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.
Admission is 10 lira.
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.