Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern, Istanbul: Explore a 6th-century Byzantine water cistern with mesmerizing columns and hidden Medusa heads.
Mysterious Basilica Cistern: Istanbul's underground water world with a forest of columns and ancient Medusa heads.

In the heart of Istanbul, beneath the vibrant streets, lies a hidden gem – the Basilica Cistern. This captivating underground marvel, dating back to the 6th century, was originally built as a water reservoir during the Byzantine era. Descend the stairs and enter a world unlike any other, bathed in an ethereal glow. Witness the mesmerizing array of 336 columns, many crafted from salvaged ancient materials, creating a forest-like atmosphere. Look closely and you'll spot the captivating Medusa heads adorning the base of two columns, remnants of a pagan temple that once stood on the site. The Basilica Cistern offers a unique glimpse into the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Byzantine engineers. Whether you're a history buff, fascinated by hidden wonders, or simply seeking a unique experience, the Basilica Cistern awaits to unveil its captivating story.

1/3 Yerebatan Caddesi 34110 İstanbul Turkey