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BASILICA CISTERN (YEREBATAN SARAYI)
BASILICA CISTERN (YEREBATAN SARAYI)
Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour
Combo (Save 11%): Galata Tower Tickets + Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets
Combo (Save 11%): Galata Tower Tickets + Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets

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$67.07

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Experience the magnificence of Istanbul's skyline with a fast-access visit to the legendary Galata Tower. Standing tall for over six centuries at its prominent location, this towering landmark has etched itself as an enduring symbol of the city. Ascend to its terrace and see a panoramic vista that captures the essence of Istanbul's beauty: the historic peninsula, the majestic silhouette of the Topkapı Palace and Hagia Sophia, the meandering Bosphorus Strait, the iconic Bosphorus Bridge, the tranquil waters of the Marmara Sea, and the juxtaposition of the European and Asian quarters. Let the audio guide share fun tower facts, enlightening your visit with engaging narration and interesting tidbits along the way. Basilica Cistern From Dan Brown's widely acclaimed novel "Inferno" to the iconic 1963 James Bond film "From Russia With Love," the Basilica Cistern has long been embedded in popular culture. Gain skip-the-line access to this vast subterranean wonder, where you'll be welcomed by a subdued golden radiance reflecting off the water's surface. As you traverse the elevated wooden walkways amidst the 336 imposing columns upholding the structure, brace yourself to be mesmerized by the soft patter of water droplets trickling from the arched ceiling and the ethereal silhouettes of carp gliding through the water. Utilize the multilingual audio guide for an enriched experience.
Combo (Save 9%): Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets + Busforus 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Istanbul
Skip-the-Line Tickets to Basilica Cistern
Topkapi Palace Museum & Harem Skip-the-Line Tickets with Audio Guide
Tour of Major Sights of Istanbul (entrance fee not included)
Combo (Save 5%): Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets with Audio Guide + Bosphorus Daytime or Sunset Cruise
Combo (Save 5%): Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets with Audio Guide + Bosphorus Daytime or Sunset Cruise

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$42.59

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Enjoy a cost-saving combo that gives you access to two of Istanbul's must-visit sites: the Basilica Cistern and a cruise along the Bosphorus. Delve into Istanbul's rich history and mesmerizing beauty with this combo. Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets with Audio Guide Step back in time with a tour of the Basilica Cistern, a marvel of 6th-century Byzantine architecture. With your skip-the-line tickets, gain immediate access to this cavernous subterranean beauty. Walk along wooden platforms, surrounded by 336 massive columns, while listening to the enchanting sounds of water dripping from the vaulted ceiling. Witness the famous Hen’s Eye Column and the mystifying Medusa Pillar Bases, and learn about their intriguing history through the multilingual audio guide. Bosphorus Daytime or Sunset Sightseeing Cruise Next, sail away along the beautiful Bosphorus waterway. This 2-hour cruise offers stunning views of Istanbul's landmarks, including the iconic Hagia Sophia and the popular Ortaköy Mosque. You'll also pass the legendary Bosphorus Bridge, a testament to the city's connection between Europe and Asia. An audio guide available in 8 languages will provide intriguing insights about the attractions you'll pass by. Sites you'll come across Galata Tower Dolmabahce Palace Ciragan Palace Ortaköy Mosque Bosphorus Bridge Beylerbeyi Palace Üsküdar Maiden Tower Topkapi Palace Hagia Sophia Seaside Villas
Guided Tour of Basilica Cistern with Skip-the-Line Tickets
Guided Tour of Basilica Cistern with Skip-the-Line Tickets

4.38

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$30.87

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Legend has it that Medusa once used to protect this great building. In fact, you will still see two Medusa heads at the base of the columns here. Even today, the Basilica Cistern comes across as one of the most magical buildings in all of Istanbul. Interestingly, this large underground water reservoir (one of several hundred hidden ones in the city) has been a filming location for several Hollywood blockbusters. Tom Hanks was here while filming Dan Brown's thriller Inferno in 2016, James Bond's From Russia with Love was also shot here. Clearly, Hollywood producers loved the intriguing atmosphere of the place, and you will too when you experience it for yourself. Admire the 336 illuminated marble and granite columns, and get transported back to another era. Opt for your preferred language from the ticket options and listen to your local guide as they tell you about the different building materials used across different eras. You'll also get to see the carp that thrive in the shallow waters of the reservoir! Enhance your experience with a guided tour of Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Upgrade your ticket to discover over 20,000 handcrafted blue ceramic tiles at the Blue Mosque, featuring a blend of traditional Islamic design and Byzantine elements. Explore the iconic Hagia Sophia with your English-speaking guide. Marvel at its massive dome, which was an engineering feat in its time. The vast interior space and the intricate design elements showcase a blend of Byzantine and Ottoman architectural styles.
Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Walking Tour with Entry Ticket
Combo: Topkapi Palace + Basilica Cistern + Blue Mosque Guided Tour Tickets
Combo: Basilica Cistern + Blue Mosque + Hagia Sophia Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets
Combo: Basilica Cistern + Blue Mosque + Hagia Sophia Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

4.36

(222)

$89.43

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Save big with this money-saving combo and enter 3 of Istanbul’s top attractions, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia, with the benefit of total flexibility and a validity of 2 days. Basilica Cistern Skip the line and beat the long queues to enter Basilica Cistern with your English-speaking guide. See this popular movie location and the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie hidden beneath the city of Istanbul. Admire the unique Byzantine artworks, including the 336 illuminated marble, granite columns, and Medusa heads. The artificial freshwater lake, the size of around 2 football fields, will leave you astonished. Your guide will continue sharing fascinating backstories with you and assist you at all times. Blue Mosque This 60-minute guided tour of the Blue Mosque will have you marveling at one of the most beautiful and magnificent buildings in all of Turkey! Start the tour with a walking tour of the courtyards at the Blue Mosque and the Old City around it, which is part of the Unesco World Heritage Site. Enter the mosque, a majestic structure with a bluish-gray tinge, that dates back to the Ottoman Empire. Marvel at its 20,000 handmade blue ceramic tiles adorned with flowers, fruit, and cypresses. Your friendly English-speaking guide will share with you the religious importance of the mosque as well as the stunning architecture that went into making it. Learn about the elephant foot pillars, Mehmet Aga the architect, and its gold minarets. Hagia Sophia Originally a church, Hagia Sophia later became a mosque during the Ottoman Empire, and finally, a museum where it proudly showcases its unique history through the various galleries and art pieces. Besides its amazing history, this magnificent building is also known for its brilliant architecture. It has stunning interior mosaics and religious icons. Gaze up at its intricate dome, the decorations and multiple iconoclasms. Learn from your guide how Hagia Sophia has been a major part of Istanbul’s cultural fabric in both ancient and modern times.
Basilica Cistern: Guided Tour
Combo: Blue Mosque + Basilica Cistern Guided Tours
Combo: Blue Mosque + Basilica Cistern Guided Tours

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(101)

$55.36

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See Ottoman and Roman history come to life around you with this money-saving combo with 3 days to explore 2 landmarks. Delight in a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Blue Mosque with a guide and get skip-the-line access for a guided tour of Basilica Cistern. Dancing Hues of Blue at Blue Mosque The Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, features a stunning blend of Ottoman and Byzantine architectural styles. Built-in the early 17th century, this mosque gets its name from the thousands of blue ceramic tiles that line the walls and ceilings of the interior. At night the tiles reflect the lights and the mosque is bathed in a blue glow. The tiles were hand-painted in Iznik, a town in western Anatolia renowned for its ceramics. Listen to your guide talk about the 6 minarets adorned with intricate carvings, and marvel at the traditionally designed main domes and secondary domes. Echoes of History at Basilica Cistern Skip the long queues to discover the awe-inspiring 6th-century Byzantine artworks at Istanbul's ancient Basilica Cistern on a guided tour. The 336 pillars inside this reservoir are embellished with elaborate engravings, and the carved heads of Medusa resting at the base of the pillars add a haunting touch to the cistern's beauty. Learn more about the Basilica Cistern's stunning artworks and engineering feats from your guide, which are a testament to the ancient world's artistry and ingenuity.
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