Basilica Cistern (Istanbul, Turkey) Reviews
Description:Address: Yerebatan Caddesi, Sultanahmet, Istanbul. Telephone: 90-212-5221259 Open daily except Mondays , 09:0 ... more
Newest Review: ... in temperature; it's very chilly in the Cistern, relative to the outside temperature. The next thing is the sheer impressiveness of the place. As you walk down the stairs, the vault opens up before you, with an army of identical looking columns holding up the arched ceiling. Some 336 columns hold up the cistern's roof, each of them over eight metres high. The lighting is subdued, but ... more
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by - written on 25/06/01, updated on 25/06/01 (Very useful, 119 readings)
The Basilica Cistern in Istanbul is certainly one of the oddest tourist attractions in the world. If you've seen a film set in Istanbul, then it's pretty likely you've seen the Basilica Cistern. It was featured in 'From Russia With Love' when Bond got into a boat to sail across the water-filled underground vault, and again in Jackie Chan's recent Hong Kong-funded action film 'The Accidental Spy' where Chan was attacked by bad guys on one of the walkways. HISTORY The Cistern was constructed in the Byzantine period of Istanbul's history. During Emperor Justinian's rule of the city in 532 AD, this underground vault ... Read the complete review
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