Suddenly, Basilica Cistern, Sunken Roman Water Palace in Istanbul

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This Basilica Cistern, Yerebatan Sarayı – “Sunken Palace”, was so different from anything else in Istanbul, so beautiful with the appropriate lighting and even more appropriate BGM – serene, but fantasmagorique, like Siren’s song, in the dark.

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After visits to enormous mosques with full of people; Hagia Sofia, Sultan Ahmed Mosque and all, you may find yourself relaxed and rejuvenated here at underground Roman water palace with 336 marble columns.

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There could be long lines at times, but won’t need to wait that long as people are moving fast. Entrance fee at 20 TL (Turkish Liras only), this place is a must visit in Istanbul.

Oh, BTW, Beware of the Binbirdirek Cistern Nearby..

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Comparing to the the Basilica Cistern right near, this place doesn’t really have anything.
I felt like 10 TL entrance fee has been effectively robbed in 5 Minutes. Good thing is it’ll take only 5 mins to look around inside.

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