• Basilica Cistern Tours
  • Basilica Cistern Tours
  • Basilica Cistern Tours
  • Basilica Cistern Tours
  • Basilica Cistern Tours

Basilica Cistern Tours

Unearth the secrets of Istanbul's rich history with our captivating Basilica Cistern Tours! Delve into the depths of this ancient subterranean marvel, hidden beneath the bustling streets of the city. Our expert guides will lead you on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Byzantine Constantinople, revealing its awe-inspiring architecture and fascinating legends.

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Last Updated: 30th Nov 2023
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  • Embark on a journey to explore the captivating beauty of Byzantine architecture hidden beneath Istanbul's streets.
  • Be amazed by the intricate craftsmanship of marble columns that stand as silent witnesses to centuries of history.
  • Discover the enigmatic Medusa sculptures, steeped in myth and history, and learn the fascinating stories surrounding their placement within the cistern.
  • Dive deep into history as our expert guides provide you with profound insights into the cistern's origins, from its construction during Emperor Justinian I's reign to its pivotal role in ancient Constantinople.
  • Don't miss the chance to capture stunning photos of the cistern's reflections and architectural wonders to share with your friends and followers.
  • Conclude your tour with a visit to our souvenir shop, where you can find one-of-a-kind mementos to commemorate your Basilica Cistern adventure.

What To Expect

Prepare for an unforgettable journey beneath the bustling streets of Istanbul as you embark on our Basilica Cistern Tour. Be awed by the timeless beauty of Byzantine architecture, with a mesmerizing forest of intricately carved marble columns stretching as far as the eye can see. Encounter the enigmatic Medusa heads, steeped in ancient lore and legend. Dive deep into history as our expert guides reveal the profound significance of this subterranean wonder, from its origins in the era of Emperor Justinian I to its vital role in sustaining the city.

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Cancellation Policy:

  • Refunds and cancellations are not applicable for these tickets.

Insider Tips

  • Arrive Early for Serenity: To enjoy a more serene and less crowded experience, consider arriving early in the day, as the cistern tends to be quieter in the morning hours.
  • Comfortable Footwear is Key: Wear comfortable, slip-resistant footwear, as some areas of the cistern floor can be a bit slippery, especially near the water.
  • Mind the Weather: Be aware that the cistern can be cooler and more humid than the outside, so dress accordingly and consider bringing a light jacket or scarf.
  • Use Guided Tours for Insights: Opt for a guided tour to gain in-depth historical insights and stories that you might miss if exploring on your own. Knowledgeable guides can enhance your experience significantly.
  • Photography Tips: Capture the best photos by bringing a camera with low-light capabilities or adjusting your smartphone settings. The reflections on the water's surface are particularly photogenic.
  • Respect the Environment: Please be respectful of the cistern's historical treasures by refraining from touching or leaning on the ancient columns and sculptures.
  • Beware of Crowded Hours: The cistern can get crowded during peak tourist hours, so plan your visit accordingly or consider visiting during less busy times for a more intimate experience.
  • Visit Nearby Attractions: Since the cistern is located in the heart of Istanbul's historic district, take the opportunity to explore nearby attractions such as Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque for a comprehensive cultural experience.

Know Before You Go

Operating Hours:

  • Monday: 09:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm,  12:30 pm, 02:00 pm, 03:30 pm, 04:00 pm, 04:45 pm.
  • Tuesday: 09:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 02:00 pm,  03:00 pm, 04:00 pm.
  • Wednesday: 09:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 02:00 pm, 04:00 pm, 04:45 pm.
  • Thursday: 09:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 02:00 pm, 03:15 pm, 03:45 pm, 04:30 pm.
  • Friday: 09:00 am, 09:45 am, 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 pm, 01:30, pm, 02:30 pm, 03:45 pm, 04:30 pm.
  • Saturday: 09:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 01:30 pm, 02:00 pm, 03:00 pm, 03:30 pm, 04:30 pm.
  • Sunday: 09:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 01:30 pm, 02:15 pm, 03:00 pm, 03:30 pm, 04:00 pm, 04:30 pm.

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Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34110 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkiye.
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