The Basilica Cistern Ticket and Entrance Fee
Basilica Cistern Skip the Line Tickets Tour
The Basilica Cistern, or Cisterna Basilica (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarnıcı or Yerebatan Saray, “Subterranean Cistern” or “Subterranean Palace”), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey. The cistern, located 150 meters (490 ft) southwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.
Today it is kept with little water, for public access inside the space.
his subterranean cistern, in Greek kinsterne (κινστέρνη), was called Basilica because it was located under a large public square on the First Hill of Constantinople, the Stoa Basilica.At this location, and prior to constructing the cistern, a great Basilica stood in its place, built between the 3rd and 4th centuries during the Early Roman Age as a commercial, legal and artistic center. Illus reconstructed the basilica after a fire in 476.
Ancient texts indicated that the basilica contained gardens, surrounded by a colonnade and facing the Hagia Sophia. According to ancient historians, Emperor Constantine built a structure that was later rebuilt and enlarged by Emperor Justinian after the Nika riots of 532, which devastated the city.
Historical texts claim that 7,000 slaves were involved in the construction of the cistern.
The enlarged cistern provided a water filtration system for the Great Palace of Constantinople and other buildings on the First Hill. It continued to provide water to the Topkapı Palace after the Ottoman conquest in 1453 and into modern times.
Guide to Basilica Cistern 2022: How to Buy your Ticket & What to See?
Built-in the 6th century by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, it served as a water reservoir for the Great Palace. Located southwest of Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern is one of Istanbul’s most spectacular museums and undoubtedly one of the top attractions you shouldn’t miss on your trip.
Basilica Cistern Skip the Line Tickets Tour
Per person, the fee is: 18 EURO By CASH
Tour time : 10 : 30 Am — 12:30 Pm — 13:30 Pm and 15 : 15 Pm
You will be met with the Guide in front of the Underground Cistern and he will give you 30 Mins Tour inside of it and then free time… Ticket and guidance service included in this price
You can book by WHATSAPP: +905337385862 Mr. Hakan HACIBEKIROGLU
For the foreigner travel agent outside of Turkiye we have discounted price for your group Please E-Mail US
Private Classical Byzantine&Ottoman Sultanahmet Tour in Istanbul
A Day in Istanbul filled with History & Culture
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Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Sultanahmet – Walking Tour
Daily departure at 09 : 30 am and return at 17.00 pm ( The tour is private for you and starting time is flexible.
Tour of “Sultan Ahmet Center”, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.
Hagia (St.) Sophia Museum , one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.Built in 537 by Byzantine Emperor Justinianus, St.Sophia has been the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand yeras; it is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture;after having been the Patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II. the Conqueror and in to a museum by Atataürk in 1935.
Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.The last great imperial mosque of the classical period; it is name comes from 20.000 marvellous blue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior walls.
Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome.
Lunch at the Special Turkish Restaurant in Sultanahmet Area
Topkapi Palace Museum , this extraordinary and secret palace was the residence of the Imperial Ottoman Sultans and the center of the Ottoman might for nearly 400 years.The building are a typical example of Ottoman architecture and the rooms exhibit rich collections of porcelains, robes, weapons,shields,armors,Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts as well as Ottoman treasures and jewellery.
( Treasury and Harem sections are not included in the program and are due to extra entry )
Turkish Islamic Arts Museum, orginally built 1524 as the palace of Ibrahim Pasha – Grand Vizier and brother-in-law of Sultan Soliman the Magnificient, it is now a museum presenting notable examples of Islamic calligraphy, tiles, rugs as well as ethnographic displays of various cultıres in Turkey, particularly nomad groups.
Grand Bazaar, the largest covered narket in the world with more than 60 streets and 4.000 shops, where you may find in a authentic oriental atmosphere all kind of gifts, leather clothing,rugs and kilims, antiques,jewellery,hand-woven fabrics etc…
Also visioned during the tour: Galata Bridge, Golden Horn, Leander’s Tower,Obelisk of Theodosius-Serpentine Column,German Fountain of Wilhelm II
Closed: Monday; Turkish Islamic Arts Museum , St. Sophia — Tuesday; Topkapi Palace
Includes; Transportation, Lunch, Guide, Museums and Entrance Fees
This tour is available Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday and Sunday !!!!!
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