BASILICA CISTERN – YEREBATAN SARNICI

Basilica Cistern
  • What is The Basilica Cistern – Yerebatan Sarnıcı?

The Basilica Cistern – Yerebatan Sarnıcı is Historical Place, Museum.


  • History of The Basilica Cistern – Yerebatan Sarnıcı

Constructed in the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Justinianus, the most prosperous period of the East Roman Empire, the cistern Basilica is 70m. in width and 140m. in length. The dome, covering an area of 9800 m2, is supported by 336 marble columns arranged in 12 rows each consisting of 28 columns placed at a distance of 4m 90cm. from one another. The capitals of styles with a few exceptions which are in the Doric style and not ornamented. The cistern is surrounded by a 4m. thick Wall of brick and the mortar used in constructions is very special and water-proof. The water reserved in the cistern was transported from the Belgrad forest which is 19 km. from the city.
In 1985 the Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul undertook the restoration of the cistern. On the 9th of September 1987, it was opened for visitors as a vitalized example of universal cultural heritage.

Medusa Heads
Except for a couple of the edged and grooved columns of the cistern, the majority of them are shaped like a cylinder. Two Medusa heads, which are used as supports under the two columns at the northwest edge of the cistern, are the great work of art from the Roman period. What attracts the most attention from the visitors is that the structure from which the Medusa heads have been taken is unknown. The researchers often consider that it has been brought for being used as supports to the column at the time of construction of the cistern.  However, this has not prevented myths for the heads of Medusa.

Crying Column
As different from the other columns, Column of Tear or Crying Column, have an appearance as if it is crying since it is wet.
It is reported that it was erected in memorial of the slaves who died during the construction of the Great Basilica.


  • How much does it cost to enter The Basilica Cistern – Yerebatan Sarnıcı?

The Basilica Cistern – Yerebatan Sarnıcı Foreign Visitors Entrance Fee: 20.00 TL


  • What are The Basilica Cistern’s – Yerebatan Sarnıcı opening hours?

The Basilica Cistern’s – Yerebatan Sarnıcı is open to visits seven days a week. Exceptionally, it opens at 13:00 on the first days of religious holidays and on January 1.
The Basilica Cistern’s – Yerebatan Sarnıcı is open to visits between 09:00 and 17:30 (winter) every day.
The Basilica Cistern’s – Yerebatan Sarnıcı is open to visits between 09:00 and 18:30 (summer) every day.


  • What is the contact information of The Basilica Cistern – Yerebatan Sarnıcı? 
The Basilica Cistern – Yerebatan Sarnıcı Phone +90 (212) 5121570
The Basilica Cistern – Yerebatan SarnıcıFax +90 (212) 5228166
The Basilica Cistern – Yerebatan Sarnıcı Mailinfo@yerebatan.com
The Basilica Cistern – Yerebatan Sarnıcı Websitehttp://yerebatansarnici.com/

  • How do I get to The Basilica Cistern – Yerebatan Sarnıcı by Public Transport? (by Bus, Metro, Tram, Train, Ferry, Cable Car)

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The Basilica Cistern – Yerebatan Sarnıcı Address ALEMDAR DISTRICT, YEREBATAN AVE, SULTANAHMET – FATİH / İSTANBUL
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