"Visit the Basilica Cistern" Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Saray Tip by shrimp56

by shrimp56

The Basilica Cistern was built in 524 CE by Justinian I to provide water storage when the city was under seige. Of the over 200 columns the two with the Medusa heads at the base are the most striking. Sometimes they hold concerts down here -- as you can imagine the acoustics are rather resonant!

Address: near Hagia Sophia
Directions: In sultanahmet, very near Topkapi & Hagia Sofia
Phone: +90 212 522 1259
Website: http://www.yerebatan.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 21, 2004
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