"Yerebatan Sarnici (Basilica Cistern)" Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Saray Tip by hekate

  Yerebatan Sarnici (Basilica Cistern)
by hekate

Some people might say it is just a big hall with lots of columns but I can say that I was deeply impressed by this underground water palace. For me it is on the top of the must see actifities in Istanbul. That is why I start this section with Yerebatan Sarnici (Basilica Cistern).

What you see when you get inside is this vast space with the columns spreading all over the place and their reflection in the water. The atmosphere is very peaceful and mystique. This impression is underlined by the music they play inside of the museum.

The thngs that mostly attract my attention were:
- the column with the ornate body
- the two columns with the Medusa heads in northwest corner of the cistern
- the fish that swims in the water

After you are finished with your tour you might stop for a short break in Cistern Cafe

The floor is slippery due to the drops of water falling from the ceiling.

Some facts, pictures and additional comments from me:
Part 1
Part 2

I could spend there much longer but if you really want just to see the place and take a couple of pictures it should not take longer then 20 - 30 min.

Working hours:
09:00 - 17:30 everyday

TL 10 000 000 / YTL 10
TL 3 000 000 / YTL 3

Address: Sultanahmet, 13 Yerebatan Cad.
Directions: The Basilica Cistern is situated at a short distance further southwest of Ayasofya.
othercontact: contact@yerebatansarnici.com
Phone: +90 (212) 522 12 59
Website: http://www.yerebatansarnici.com/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 16, 2005
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