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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Whilst the overall architecture is amazing, the size and details are not that grandeur. It’s definitely an easy half an hour tour that you can do yourself. There is option to take photo with Turkish style right after the first stair from entrance which promoted for TL 25/picture. You get to wear some interesting costume but they take so many shots, you might end up wanting to buy them all. Just something you might want to be aware of.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Yuliana H
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The cistern is a very interesting and historical location to visit. Istanbul would not exist without the cistern! Be sure to look at the columns as you make your way back to the Medusa heads!!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Sheila S
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This a must see, but choose your moment. Avoid school holidays and festivals. Our visit was spoiled by hundreds aid screaming children in what should have been a tranquil setting. Will go back to enjoy this. Fewer people after 2PM.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank warwick652
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We visited this place on a Saturday.
There is no way to skip the queue, but we arrived at 4 pm and didn't have to wait for a long time (I think it took us 15 or 20 minutes to get in).
The place is interesting. You could get beautiful pictures there.
You can also see 2 Medusa heads and some fish there.
Tripods are not allowed. They took it from us and we had to pick it up on our way out.
I recommend this place.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank KarlaDGO
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

The Basilica Cistern is a large space alongside Hagia Sophia for storing water. It has been featured in movies and is a unique space.

Be sure you walk to the end, so you can see the Medusa heads at the base of two of the columns.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank GL_from_NYC
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