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Skip-the-Line Tickets to Basilica Cistern

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Enjoy an informative guided tour of one of the largest ancient water cisterns in Istanbul with exclusive skip-the-line tickets!

Highlights

  • Skip the long lines and discover one of the most-visited museums in Istanbul.

  • Learn more about the Basilica Cistern’s history and the outstanding engineering prowess of the Byzantines.

  • Witness the famous Hen’s Eye Column and Medusa Pillar Bases, which have been featured in several Hollywood films.

  • Opt for the multilingual audio guide to gain intriguing insights into the museum and its exhibits.

  • You can make your experience even better by upgrading your ticket to include a guided tour of Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Blue Mosque.

Inclusions

  • Skip-the-line entry to the Basilica Cistern

  • Multilingual audio guide (optional)

  • Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia English guided tour (optional)

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

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Guests from United States, United Kingdom, Spain and over 91 countries have loved this experience
Kit Soon Chang

Kit

5/5

Jul, 2024

Quick and simple selection of attraction we would like to visit, other than Headout allow you to select each attraction, it also enable you to choose how many attraction per day to visit. We only select 1 attraction a day. This allow us to go in the morning and finish just before noon which is pretty hot in July. We head back to hotel to shower and take a nap 😴. Then head back out after 6pm for dinner and visit attraction to take pictures only from the outside. Sunset and night scene looks very different comparing it to day scene especially at Blue Mosque.
Carol Anderson

Carol

5/5

Jul, 2024

We had a group of 23 including two elderly grandparents in wheelchairs. Hardest part was getting an Uber to get all of us there. The guide was very nice, although he just did a background speech about the history, which was actually fine. Give lots of time for wheelchair lift...one chair and at time and very slow! Great place for pictures. The guide's store was nearby for WC break and good deals on shopping!
Thomas Hintz

Thomas

5/5

Jul, 2024

The entrance without waiting time was excellent!!!.... but the audioguide could not be downloaded, which was a pity...so of course we had no information at all !!!
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Clarence Louis Bouchier

Clarence

5/5

Jul, 2024

Incredible engineering and scope of the cistern. Deniz is a well informed tour guide and really made our experience as enjoyable as possible!
Rosalie Hart

Rosalie

5/5

Jul, 2024

This is a not-to-miss attraction in Istanbul. It has been beautifully restored and is a sight to behold. In fact it was at the top of my list of sites to see. The history was really interesting and the place is awe inspiring. Skipping the line was a bonus. It was a little chaotic getting in and making sure the app worked - note that there's no to little mobile coverage, so have your app sorted before heading down. Once down in the cistern, you could take your time and enjoy at your leisure.

From Dan Brown’s wildly popular novel Inferno to the 1963 James Bond film ‘From Russia With Love’, the Basilica Cistern has always been a part of popular culture. Built during the reign of Justinian I, the cistern itself is a paragon of 6th century Byzantine architecture. As you enter this cavernous subterranean marvel, you will be greeted by a dim golden hue that glistens off the surface of the water.

As you walk on the raised wooden platforms amongst the 336 massive columns that support the structure, prepare to be enchanted by the gentle pitter-patter of water dripping from the vaulted ceiling and the ghostly outlines of carp that populate the water. The Medusa column bases in the northwest portion of the cistern are a particularly mesmerizing sight. Your guide will tell you about the various theories surrounding the mysterious origin of the two stone heads that are oriented sideways.

Upgrade to Include Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace

Enhance your experience with guided tours. When you sign up for this exclusive offer, your name will be added to the list of monuments over the course of three days. Visit any monument at any available time, or meet us outside two museums where we'll guide you past long lines! With a flexible combo ticket that allows access to all three attractions, feel free to explore them together or independently - it's totally up to you!

Basilica Cistern

Monday09:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Tuesday09:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Wednesday09:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Thursday09:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Friday09:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Saturday09:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Sunday09:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 06:30 PM

Important information

  • It's recommended to wear comfortable shoes.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly after the purchase.

  • Please display the same along with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Kindly ensure that you arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled time to avoid any delays.

Ticket redemption point

  • Show your ticket at Basilica Cistern.

  • Address: Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye.

  • Landmark: In front of the Exit Gate of the Basilica.

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