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Istanbul Underground Cistern Excursion Reviews

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Also known as the “sunken palace,” the Underground Cistern is an erie, ancient architectural enclave filled with shimmering water. It was forgotten after the conquest of the city by the Ottoman Turks and wasn’t re-discovered until 1545.

bjrose

2 reviews

The Cisterns were interesting, but again, not a place I would return to. It is always interesting to see how those of the past lived.


Provider: Independent Operator

CK57

1 review

We actually did this on our own. We were able able take the public rail to see the Blue Mosque first, then the Hagia Sofia, then Underground Cistern, the Grand Bazaar, and Spice Market without taking any formal tour. We walked our way back to the ship from the Blue Mosque and again saw all the sights we wanted without taking a ship tour with significant savings.


Provider: Independent Operator

Pezzy

1 review

Absolutely Amazing! Best Guide during entire cruise

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

sadied

2 reviews

do this on your own. only ten minutes...an easy tour.

Provider: Holland America Line

icini

1 review

Tour was fine but rushed. Will have to return. An amazing city, much cleaner than I expected. Very easy to get lost in Bazaar.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

ruby0512

1 review

Very cool, a must see

Provider: Princess Cruises

cloverfields

1 review

Part of another trip. This place is fascinating and actually fantastic when you are so hot!!! You go down about 50 steps and the columns and the water (complete with cod) are all lit up and quite moving. Well worth a visit

Provider: Thomson Cruises

Jazzacat

1 review

Quite amazing - a breath-taking feat of engineering. Look out for the huge fish and the carvings of Medusa!

Provider: Thomson Cruises

Crui$erCT

1 review

The underground water system in Istanbul is FASCINATING and glorious to see. There are lit columns and Medusa's head (upside down), and this site should not be missed. We loved it!

Provider: Independent Operator

wismergirl

3 reviews

This was the place I felt we were really rushed. With lots of visitors we didn't have enough time to take decent pictures. The Underground Cistern was the largest underground water reservoir in Istanbul built by Justinian I. Special lighting made the cistern even more beautiful. I loved listening to the legends associated with the cistern.

Provider: Independent Operator

World Gallery

12 reviews

Our kids favorite! Loved this stop. It is unique and has a unique history. I highly recommend this.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Artteacher

2 reviews

Take your camera, dark and wondrous with live fish swimming in the water!

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

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