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"Imperial Istanbul Half-Day Tour: Hagia Sophia
"Imperial Istanbul Half-Day Tour: Hagia Sophia Basillica Cistern and Grand Bazaar""Your Imperial Istanbul tour starts with pickup from your hotel in the early afternoon. Traveling by minivan your guide will spend five hours showing you the fascinating history and culture of Turkey's largest city.Delving into Istanbul's ancient past you'll learn that this city served as the capital of a whopping four empires: the Roman Empire (330–395) the Byzantine Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453) the Latin Empire (1204–1261) and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922). Strategically located along the Silk Road
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Best of Istanbul Tour
"After pick up at around 08:30 from either your hotel or the Istanbul cruise port you will visit the following sights with an experienced and licensed professional guide:Cable Car - Pierre Loti: Enjoy the beautiful view from the cable car as you climb the hill to the cafe named for the famous French writer and naval officer Louis Marie Julien Viaud a.k.a. Pierre Loti who wrote fiction based on his experiences in Istanbul.Bosphorus Cruise: A cruise on the Bosphorus is the prime perspective from which to view the fine palaces pavilions Ottoman houses and seaside neighborhoods along the shores of this famous and historic waterway connecting the Black Sea and the Maramara Sea.The Marmaray: provides a unique chance to make a link between the European and Asian continents by train 2013 following four years of construction delays that were largely due to the discovery of ruins dating from the Hellenistic
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Small-Group Full-Day Istanbul City Tour
"Enjoy breakfast at your hotel or in the town before starting your full day Istanbul small group city tour.Start the day visiting Cable Car to Pierre Loti: Enjoy the beautiful view from the cable car as you climb the hill to the cafe named for the Louis Marie Julien Viaud a.k.a. Pierre Loti (1850 -1923) who wrote fiction based on his experiences in Istanbul.Next we will cruise on the Bosphorus to allow you the prime perspective from which to view the fine palaces pavilions Ottoman houses and seaside neighborhoods along the shores of this famous and historic waterway connecting the Black Sea and the Maramara Sea.The Marmaray provides a unique chance to make a link between the European and Asian continents by train i 2013 following four years of construction delays that were largely due to the discovery of ruins dating from the Hellenistic Roman
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Yerebatan Sarnici (Basilica Cistern)

Some people might say it is just a big hall with lots of columns but I can say that I was deeply impressed by this underground water palace. For me it is on the top of the must see actifities in...
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hekate
Feb 16, 2005

The Cisterns of Justinian

Okay, it's cheesy. New age music is piped in, creating an eerie effect. Lighting is shown to give an otherworldly glow to an already weird place.Nevertheless, it is worth however much it costs to get...
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bdwoot
Jan 12, 2005

Basilica Cistern

Without a doubt, this is one of the best surprises that you will find in Istanbul. The little building above ground at the entrance gives no clue about what lies beneath. This is a vast chamber with...
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sswagner
Dec 24, 2004

The Medusa Head

In the left corner, in the far end, of Basilica Cistern are two columns standing on a Medusa head each. One of the Medusa heads are upside down and the other is lying on its side. Because they are...
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MalenaN
Dec 22, 2004

In Sunken Cistern---Medusa Head Columns

In the back of the sunken cistern there are two columns which have bases that are Medusa's Heads. There are many legends surrounding these columns and there are 3 prominently displayed placards that...
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pabertra
Oct 30, 2004

In Sunken Cistern---The Column of Tears

The Column of Tears is named, because of the tear like design it bears. It is located in the middle area of the sunken cistern and unfortunately there is not much information on it.
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pabertra
Oct 30, 2004

Yerebatan Sarnici / The Underground Cistern

First constructed during the reign of Constantin I (306-337) the cistern was restored and extended by Justinian. There are twelve rows of columns supporting the superstructure, each with 28...
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violeta13
Oct 29, 2004

Visit the Sunken Cistern

This amazing Underground Cistern, or Yerebatan Sarayi, was originally linked to Topkapi Palace, but was closed off to stop the trafficking of stolen goods and abducted women. It also was the site of a...
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pabertra
Oct 29, 2004

Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi)

The Basilica, or Sunken, Cistern, is a 6th-century Byzantine cistern underground which one can visit. Its bottom is full of water and it provides a great example of Byzantine vault construction and of...
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WulfstanTraveller
Oct 18, 2004

an unique palace within Water!

One of İstanbul's historical art product is the Basilica Cistern which is situated at a short distance further southwest of Ayasofya. This underground cistern, which was named idiomatically by the...
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KIZGINdamdakiKedi
Jul 23, 2004

Visit the Basilica Cistern

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....
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shrimp56
Jun 21, 2004

Yerebatan Sarnici (Basilica Cistern)

Yerebatan Sarnici is a huge underground cistern built in 532. It is 140 metres long and 70 metres wide and the roof is supported by over 300 columns.It is a quite nice atmospher in the cistern with...
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MalenaN
Jun 19, 2004
 
 
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Things to Do Near Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Saray

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Tea Peddlers

These peddlers roam the Sultanahmet park and hippodrome area with large tea pots on their backs ready to provide refreshments for a reasonable price. I noticed the last time I was here much less of...
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Zeynep Sultan Camii

The Zeynep Sultan Camii was built as a tribute by the Sultan Ahmed III for his daughter Zeynep and thus dates from the 1760s, the end of the Ottoman heyday and the beginning of the long decline...
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Besiktas District

Beşiktaş is pronounced Beshiktash. It is an area on the European shores of the Bosphorus. Its name literally means Beşik = cradle, taş = stone, so Beşiktaş = cradle stone. This name comes...
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Serpentine Column - Twisted Column

The three interwined bronze serpents which form the Serpent Column were the base of a trophy that oce stood in the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. This trophy was dedicated to Apollo in gratitude by the...
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Camlica Hill

I wouldn't have gone to Camlica Hill had I not taken a half-day tour. And I didn't originally intend to take a half-day tour...but that's another story. Camlica Hill is on the Asian side, in the...
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Panorama 1453 Museum

"The Panorama Victory Museum" is located at the Miniaturk Park Museum and is at the Sutluce district ... Your eyes will witness the "War of Independence" and what really happened .... Here you can...
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Getting to Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Saray

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Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Ista

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