Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Saray, Istanbul

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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 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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    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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    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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    Audio Guide, Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Aug 14, 2013
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    "Audio Guides" are available for hire for a small fee at the Basilica Cistern sothat you can have bilingual information on your own language as walking at the Cistern ... :)

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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 - Yerebatan Saray

    by gaolei Updated Jun 16, 2012
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    Between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, there is an underground cistern that was used to store water during the Justinian era. It is an underground room with the roof held up by columns.

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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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