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Guided tour of the Basilica Cistern

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Archeological site

Guide in English


Explore the Basilica Cistern:

From ancient wonders to Hollywood movie stars, the Basilica Cistern has seen it all. Come explore the underground filming location and the largest (and most captivating) cisterns of all hidden beneath the city of Istanbul.

Built in 532, this underground cistern is one that Tom Hanks knows well. He was here filming the adaptation of Dan Brown’s thriller “Hell” in 2016. He also appeared in the James Bond movie “From Russia with Love”. Hollywood producers were clearly captivated by the atmosphere of this ancient place, and now you can experience it for yourself!

Walk on the elevated platforms and enjoy the views, without soaking up the water! You’ll be standing safe and dry among 336 illuminated marble and granite columns. Byzantine architecture has stood the test of time (and many tourists) here.

See the different building materials used at different times, and don’t miss the two creepy jellyfish heads at the base of the columns. Less chilling are the tents! The little waters

Tickets on your smartphone:

Meet your guide at the Big Bus stop next to Sultanahmet Park and show your digital ticket.


  • 30-minute guided tour of the Basilica Cistern

Child Rate:

Children up to 5 years free of charge.

Cancellation Policy:

It can be canceled up to 24 hours before the day of the visit.

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