The Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı | Basilica Cistern)

One of the largest and most well-preserved ancient underground reservoirs Constantinople, having some resemblance to the Palace complex. "Tank" is translated from Greek as "reservoir". Is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. It was built by the Romans in the 3rd century to supply the city with water. The Turkish name of the place "Yerebatan" means "sunken" in English.
Address: Sultan Ahmet Mah. Yerebatan Cad. No:13 Fatih, İstanbul
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mirnour , Tabriz, 2015-05-21
I guess among all historical places, this one is the best and the oldest of course. spectacular underground water supply. they also give you traditional costumes and takes photos of you for 20 TL... read full review
Mind blowing gorgeous place
Berkeley_CA_USA , Berkeley, 2015-05-21
Well, you just haven't ever seen anything like this. Made from hundreds of marble pillars pillaged from Roman sites in Istanbul, this underground Cistern is colossal in size, beautiful and something... read full review
Amazing!
Kathy S , Los Angeles, California, 2015-05-21
Went in about 20 minutes to spare before the closing time. It was quiet and nice. For 20 liras (cash only) it was well worth a visit. All those columns and Medusa heads were truly impressive! read full review
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  • Turkish Airlines, 09-10-2013

    Make sure you check out the upside-down Medusa head which forms the bottom of one of the cistern’s columns. The Byzantine builders used the Roman relic as building material!

  • betul, 23-03-2013

    girdiginiz an icinize isleyen o muthis huzuru hissedememeniz mumkun degil!

  • Çok Gezen Genç, 06-03-2013

    İstanbul'da kesinlikle görülmesi geren muhteşem bir mekandır.Sarnıç M.S 542 yılında Bizans İmparatoru I. Justinianus tarafından Büyük Saray'ın su ihtiyacını karşılamak üzere yaptırılmıştır. Gezilmeli!

  • The Telegraph, 20-11-2012

    Begin your day in the subterranean depths of the Basilica Cistern, a 1,500-year-old building supported by 336 columns. Don’t miss the twin blocks carved into snake-haired Medusas.

  • Manolya, 24-02-2012

    Mistik bir hava solumak isterseniz mutlaka gidilmeli ve özellikle Yilan sacli Medusa'yı görmeden, hikayesini okumdadan ayrılmayın

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