Basilica Cistern Tours
Basilica Cistern Tours
Basilica Cistern Tours
Basilica Cistern Tours
Basilica Cistern Tours
Basilica Cistern Tours
Basilica Cistern Tours
Basilica Cistern Tours
Basilica Cistern Tours
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Basilica Cistern Tours

The Basilica Cistern Museum, one of the magnificent ancient buildings of Istanbul is the Basilica Cistern located in the southwest of Hagia Sofia. Children aged 0-2 can enter free. Book Tickets Online & Save.

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Last Updated: 10th Jul 2024
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Opening Hours:

Monday 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, 7:30 – 11:50 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, 7:30 – 11:50 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, 7:30 – 11:50 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, 7:30 – 11:50 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, 7:30 – 10:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, 7:30 – 11:50 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, 7:30 – 11:50 PM
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Basilica Cistern Guided Tour

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Person (3+ Yrs)
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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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  • You will receive a confirmation of the booked tour within 24 hours of the booking request on your email.
  • In case you do not receive any confirmation on our end, please check your spam folder or notify us via our email address.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Refunds and cancellations are not applicable for these tickets.

Know Before You Go

Entry & Services:

  • All children will be requested to present a valid passport or ID at the entrance of the museum for age verification.
  • Basilica Cistern tour is in the English language.

How To Use

  • You can present your ticket as a printed copy or a mobile e-ticket. Choose the format that is most convenient for you.
  • Your tickets to Basilica Cistern Tours are only valid during the specified period mentioned in the selected package. Make sure to check the dates and times of validity to plan your visit accordingly.
  • You can enter directly with your ticket. There is no need for additional validation or check-in procedures.


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