Basilica Cistern

What's there?

The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. Venture into the underground palace that is filled ancient wonders such as the Medusa Pillar Bases, and the Hen’s Eye Column. This sunken palace has so much to hold that they shot scenes of Hollywood movies in it. Exploring had never been this adventurous!

Admission Fee

The price of the entrance ticket to the Basilica Cistern at the counter is 20 Turkish Liras

Hours & schedule

The museum is open between 9:00am - 6:30pm during Summer Season and between 9:00am - 5:30pm during Winter Season. Additionally, it opens at 1:00pm on the first day of religious holidays and the 1st of January.

How to get there?

The Basilica Cistern is located in Sultanahmet Square. The T1 Tram Line has a stop at Sultanahmet. If your hotel is situated in the old-town area, you can simply take the tram to Sultanahmet. Otherwise, you can take some other public transportation vehicle to connect with the T1 Tram Line (most common routes have connection with it) and continue to Sultanahmet.

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