Istanbul Basilica Cistern Museum

Basilica Cistern

Basilica - Yerebatan Cistern was built in the left side of Sultanahmet Square towards Ayasofya - Gulhane Park direction. Basilica - Yerebatan Cistern which is also called "Yerebatan Palace" was commissioned in about 540 by Byzantine Emperor Justinianus the 1st. The area which was gained by the underground carving of a rocky surface, the cistern which is supported by more than 300 columns, have become the most important water resource supplying water to Istanbul.

The Basilica - Yerebatan Cistern which was cleansed and repaired by the Municipality of Istanbul between 1985-1988, is today one of the open-to-public places of visit with its mystifying and exotic atmosphere.

Istanbul Basilica - Yerebatan Cistern Address:

Yerebatan Road No:13 34410 Sultanahmet – Istanbul
Phone: (212) 522 12 59
Open every day except Tuesday.

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