Basilica Cistern

This enormous underground chamber stored water for the whole city. It has 336 columns, two of them are in the shape of the mythical Medusa.

Yerebatan C No: 13, 34410 Sultanahmet-İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

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Opening Hours

Summer hours:
Daily: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Winter hours:
Daily: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

On first days of religious holidays and on Jan 1, it exceptionally opens at 1 p.m.


Foreign Visitors: 20 TRY


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