• Istanbul Basilica Cistern Guided Tour

  • Discover the mystery of Medusa heads from Greek mythology & explore the 4th-century Basilica Cistern

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  • History,Cultural & Theme Tours
Istanbul Basilica Cistern Guided Tour

Description of the Experience

The subterranean structure of Basilica Cistern was built in 532 A.D. salvaged from the ruins of the temples and fine carved capitals. Originally the structure was carved underneath the Stoa Basilica to serve as a reservoir near the Black sea. Long forgotten it was found by Gyllius and the Ottomans, further cleaned by the Metropolitan Municipality to bring highlight on its great grandeur and finely constructed 336 columns which give this place its gravity. Istanbul Basilica Cistern is today an atmospheric experience with wooden platforms carved ceilings and a feeling of patrolling in a surface where water was stored but is also home to schools of ghostly carp. Take a guided tour through the Basilica Cistern to dig into the history and find how this reservoir worked along with a fine understanding of architecture and design.

Highlights

  • Visit to the historical black water reservoir turned historical tourist place
  • Guided tour through the architectural and historical influences of Basilica Cistern
  • Find dripping water, wooden stomps and raised platforms of exquisite beauty
  • Click pictures in a majestic set-up with beautiful lightings and grandeur

Includes

check Ticket to Basilica Cistern

checkEnglish-speaking guide

clearHotel Pickup And Drop-off

Meet up point

  • BigBus Sultanahmet stop in front of Hagia Sophia

Confirmation Policy

  • You will receive a confirmation email and voucher instantly after booking.
  • In the event if you do not receive an email from us, please check your spam folder or notify us via email.

Cancellation Policy

  • Full refund will be issued for cancellations made at least 72 hours prior to the activity.
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