Basilica Cistern: Skip the line Ticket with Guided Tour

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Basilica Cistern: Skip the line Ticket with Guided Tour

Skip the line Admission with your talented guide and have a visit of Underground Cistern.

Duration: 1 Hour
Skip The Line:
Live Guide: English
Pick-up Services: Not available


  • Venture into the underground palace that is filled ancient wonders such as the Medusa Pillar Bases, and the Hen’s Eye Column.

Full Description

It has been built by Justinian the first. Due to its uncountable columns, it has been named as Cistern Palace in public.
The cistern which has been located over ~9800 sqm area can store ~100.000-ton water. After the conquest of Constantinople, the cistern has been used for a while to use the water for the gardens of Topkapı Palace.
The most interesting piece of the cistern is the head of Medusa. According to a Greek myth, the head of Medusa protects the place where it stays.



  • Entrance Fees
  • Professional Guidance in English
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Meeting point

Guided tours start at the Bigbus Bus Stop in front of the Hagia Sophia museum.
Our guide carries a flag with the logo of Istanbul Tourist Pass.


Know Before You Go

  • This tour ticket does not allow you to enter to the museums alone. You need to meet with the guide at scheduled time.

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Customer Reviews

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Finnegan - February 01, 2019


Jeffery - July 14, 2019

So much mystic place. Like as so much dark. With my wife s wheelchair we could get in. Guide assisted us so much. Thank her.

Brooke - August 30, 2019

We spend 30 minutes inside with our guide. He mentioned about the Cistern s history. Tour might be more than thirty minutes. It was so crowded inside and dark. Everybody take pictures.

Bessie - August 19, 2019

He was really a funny guy. Our guide. I never joined a tour in my travels like this. 30 minutes added my life hundreds laugh. Worth to visit.

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