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Basilica Cistern, Fatih, Istanbul
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Plunge into the subterranean wonders of the Basilica Cistern, Istanbul's largest ancient underground water reservoir. Built during the Byzantine era, this architectural masterpiece showcases a mesmerizing interplay of light and shadow upon its myriad columns. With a haunting beauty, the cistern whispers tales of emperors, aqueducts, and hidden treasures beneath the city's bustling streets.

Days Tour Times
Mondays 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:45
Tuesdays 09:00, 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30, 16:00
Wednesdays 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 16:45
Thursdays 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:15, 15:45, 16:30
Fridays 09:00, 09:45, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:45, 16:30
Saturdays 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:00, 15:00, 15:30, 16:30
Sundays 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:15, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30

Highlights

  • Stand in awe beneath the 336 marble columns, arranged in 12 rows, each teeming with intricate details.
  • Discover the enigmatic Medusa head pillars and uncover their myths and mysteries.
  • Listen to stories of how this ancient reservoir supplied water to the Great Palace and other buildings.
  • Revel in the serene ambiance, enhanced by the soft reflection of water and strategic lighting.
  • Understand the cistern's engineering marvel, preserving it through earthquakes and invasions.

What’s Included

  • Comprehensive guidance from a local tour guide.
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Basilica Cistern.

Ticket Details

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Meeting Point

  • Meet with the guide in front of the Busforus Bus Stop at Sultanahmet Square.
  • Our guide will hold the Istanbul E-pass flag at the meeting point and time.
  • Busforus Old City Stop is located across the Hagia Sophia, and you can easily see red double-decker buses.
  • We recommend being at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start to avoid any problems.

Know Before You Go

  • Entrance to Basilica Cistern can only be done with our guide.
  • Basilica Cistern tour is performed in English.
  • Photo ID will be asked from child tickets.

Tour Timetable

Days of the Week Tour Times
Mondays 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:45
Tuesdays 09:00, 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30, 16:00
Wednesdays 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 16:45
Thursdays 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:15, 15:45, 16:30
Fridays 09:00, 09:45, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:45, 16:30
Saturdays 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:00, 15:00, 15:30, 16:30
Sundays 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:15, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30

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