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Travel back in time to Byzantium at the Basilica Cistern

Attractions Historic buildings and sites Fatih Yerebatan Sarnıcı

What is it? One of Istanbul’s most intriguing attractions, the Basilica Cistern, or Yerebatan Sarnıcı as it’s known in Turkish, was built by Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century to store up to 80,000m3 of water and channel it to nearby palaces.

Why go? Featuring hundreds of ancient Ionic and Corinthian columns, the cistern is a relic of the Byzantine Empire’s water system that visitors can explore first-hand. The cool and dark underground complex is also a great way to escape the summer heat.

Don’t miss: The cistern features two column bases of unknown origin emblazoned with the upside-down head of Medusa, leaving bewildered visitors to speculate why they were situated that way.

One of Istanbul’s most intriguing attractions, the Basilica Cistern, or Yerebatan Sarnıcı as it’s known in Turkish, was built by Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century to store up to 80,000m3 of water and channel it to nearby palaces. Supported by hundreds of Ionic and Corinthian columns, it also features two column bases of unknown origin emblazoned with the upside-down head of Medusa, leaving bewildered visitors to speculate why they were situated that way. The cool, dark underground complex is also a great way to escape the summer heat.

Address:Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul
Price:Student 5 TL, adult 10 TL, foreign visitor 20 TL.
Contact:yerebatan.com
Opening hours:Daily 09:00-18:30.

Source: TimeOut / Istanbul

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