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"Wow!" Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Saray Tip by clouds111


Takes your breath away when you walk down the steps to the Basilica Cistern because you just don't expect it to be this and only metres under your feet!

The cistern used to provide the water to the palace and surrounding builings through aquaducts. Was disused in the 15th century and was used throw junk in and even corpses!

Today there is a few feet of water in the bottom where carp swim freely and some of the 336 columns are eerily lit up (look out for the Teardrop one and the upside down medusa head columns).

Wet, weird place!

Address: Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Ista
Directions: In sultanahmet, very near Topkapi & Hagia Sofia
Phone: +90 212 522 1259

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 7, 2007
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