Inside the Basilica Cistern Istanbul

Basilica Cistern Istanbul Turkey
The Basilica Cistern is located in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul not far from Hagia Sophia in the heart of what was both the Byzantium and Ottoman Empires. With a steady cool temperature inside this is the place to come and escape the warm Turkish summer when you’ve been out exploring all day.

With the low lighting it makes for some amazing photos but watch for the crowds as there seems to be a regular stream of tour groups being herded through from one end the other in quick succession. The Basilicia is open between 9am and 6pm daily with a cost of entry at 10 Turkish Lira.

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8 Responses to Inside the Basilica Cistern Istanbul

  1. ABHISHEK BEHL (WILD NAVIGATOR) May 7, 2012 at 9:50 PM #

    Certainly amazing Chris – Will love to visit it oneday 🙂

  2. ANDI OF MY BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURES May 8, 2012 at 1:45 PM #

    WOW what a shot!

  3. LOIS LOWE May 8, 2012 at 2:33 PM #

    Hey Chris, love this pic. We went there and were lucky enough to have it almost to ourselves.
    Medusa Heads rather eerie tho! Amazing place.

  4. CHRISSY TRAVELS May 11, 2012 at 12:42 PM #

    I bummed I missed this place. I was staying very near to Hagia Sophia when I visited last Fall. I guess I’ll have to go back 😉

  5. JEREMY BRANHAM May 11, 2012 at 9:48 PM #

    Surprised you got a photo here with no people around! 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 14, 2012 at 9:36 AM #

      Jeremy it was hard work and while taking that photo I had about 10 school kids all clicking away with their flash on. Defiantly had to wait for my moment.

  6. CALLIE June 21, 2012 at 10:34 PM #

    So mysterious – love it!

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