Saturday, July 30, 2016

Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Sultanahmet in Turkey


After visiting Hippodrome (from my previous post), we head to the main attraction areas of Sultanahmet square and come across the signboard of Basilica Cistern. Basilica Cistern is situated across the street of Hagia Sophia at Sultanahmet in Istanbul. 

Basilica Cistern is the largest ancient cistern which provides water filtration system for the Great Palace of Constantinople and other buildings on the First Hill and Topkapi Palace. Basilica Cistern lies under the city of Istanbul in Turkey. It was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian.

We require to walk 52-steps staircase to the basement from the ticket entrance since Basilica Cistern is situated underground. Once we get to the underground of the Basilica Cistern, we notice the ground is wet due to water splashing from the top. On top of that, it is very dark thus, it's not recommended for seniors who have problems with walking to Basilica Cistern. 

Visitors are strongly advised to put on a pair of shoes with good grips to prevent slippery. Running and jumping around are strictly prohibited in Basilica Cistern. Basilica Cistern is dark with limited lighting thus, you need to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of the others in your surrounding to prevent accidents.   

Basilica Cistern opens every day from 9am to 5:30pm. You require to use between an hour to two hours visiting Basilica Cistern. There is an entrance fee of 20TL (Turkish Lira) per person. You can visit Basilica Cistern Website  for more details.

Heading to The Basilica Cistern which is located opposite the street of Hagia Sophia in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Heading to The Basilica Cistern which is located opposite the street of Hagia Sophia in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cistern was built to provide water for the city of Istanbul during the reign of Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century CE in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Basilica Cistern was built to provide water for the city of Istanbul during the reign of Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century CE in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Hagia Sophia is an important monment during Byzantine (as a church) and for Ottoman Empires (later a mosque) and now is a museum at Sultanahmet in Istanbul, Turkey
Hagia Sophia is an important monment during Byzantine (as a church) and for Ottoman Empires (later a mosque) and now is a museum at Sultanahmet in Istanbul, Turkey
Beautiful Tulips at Sultanahmet in Istanbul, Turkey during Spring
Beautiful Tulips at Sultanahmet in Istanbul, Turkey during Spring

The Blue Mosque or Sultanahmet Camii has become a popular tourist attraction because of blue wall tiles surrounding in the building at Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
The Blue Mosque or Sultanahmet Camii has become a popular tourist attraction because of blue wall tiles surrounding in the building at Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Healthy street dog (who is well-taken care by the government and local NGO) enjoys the nap in front of Hagia Sophia in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Healthy street dog (who is well-taken care by the government and local NGO) enjoys the nap in front of Hagia Sophia in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey

Typical homes and hotels in Sultanahmet area as they are small within the narrow streets in Istanbul, Turkey
Typical homes and hotels in Sultanahmet area as they are small on the narrow and hilly streets in Istanbul, Turkey

Imagine how cramped the spaces between the houses in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Imagine how cramped the spaces between the houses in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
One of the most popular local food called Kebab in Turkey which is wrapped with lettuce and meat with the bread
One of the most popular local food called Kebab in Turkey which is wrapped with lettuce and meat with the bread

The local Turkish prefer to drink Turkish Tea as Turkish Coffee is too pricey served in a tiny cup in Turkey
The local Turkish prefer to drink Turkish Tea as Turkish Coffee is too pricey served in a tiny cup in Turkey
 

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