Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Saray, Istanbul

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    Yerebatan Saray Sarnici

    by peterdhduncan Updated Jul 24, 2010

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    Yerebatan Saray Sarnici

    For information about these atmospheric underground cisterns, click here.

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    Underground Istanbul

    by Skibbe Written Jun 18, 2008
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    This is an ancient waterway built by Emperor Constantine and maintained ever since. It is kind of eerie and lovely in a strange kind of way down there, which is why it is a popular site.

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    Cistern

    by woef Written Aug 27, 2006

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    7 euro

    open between 9:30 am - 7:30 pm

    it's cool inside ... perfect for a hot afternoon...

    Don't forget Medusa on the far end.

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    Yerebatan cistern

    by Tdiver Written May 31, 2006

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    Yerebatan cistern.

    Built as a reservoir for the city,one of a few.
    As it says on the door,built around 532A.D. and a cooling respite from the heat above.Currently $7 to get in.

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    The Sunken Cistern

    by cfuentesm Written Oct 21, 2005
    The Sunken Cistern

    Dark and mysterious. It's the largest surviving Byzantine cistern in Istanbul. And no, it's npt upside down. Well, it is but that's how it's sipposed to be.

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    The Basilica Cistern

    by SamiGuzel Written Jul 14, 2005

    Go and see this cistern. It is amazing. Government restored t. The walkway that was constructed at that time enables visitors to walk around the cistern.

    You can take very good pictures...

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    Magic underground

    by ptitetoile Updated Sep 16, 2003

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    Hagia Sophia has a water reserve under the ground... you will find there a very special atmosphere...and an old sculture representing Medusa...

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    Monuments

    by Pakistaniguy Written Feb 25, 2003

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    yerebatab Sarnici -The Basilica Cistern, is the old underground water storage area. Its something easy to access and very important old monumnet of Istanbul.

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    See the Palace Cistern. Try...

    by grrl_travel Written Sep 7, 2002

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    See the Palace Cistern. Try to go when the dervishes are dancing. It's very cool (and temperature cool also, which is great if you are in Istanbul during the summer)!

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    Go and see absolutely this...

    by istanbul_is Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Go and see absolutely this wonderful place : Yerebatan Sarayi in turkish , means sunken palace . In the guides , Cistern Basilica . Don't ask anymore go there only .

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