Basilica Cistern: Guided Tour

An amazing, atmospheric world hidden beneath the streets of Istanbul


  • Explore the ancient Basilica Cistern, first designed to service the Great Palace in the 4th century
  • See amazing Byzantine artworks, including hundreds of illuminated columns and Medusa heads
  • Get the facts about the cistern from your guide - and don't forget to look out for the fish!
From ancient wonders to Hollywood movie stars, the Basilica Cistern has seen it all. Come explore the sunken movie location and the largest (and most atmospheric) of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie hidden beneath the city of Istanbul.
Built in 532, this underground cistern is one that Tom Hanks knows well. He was down here filming the adaptation of Dan Brown's thriller Inferno in 2016. It was also featured in the James Bond movie From Russia with Love. Hollywood producers were clearly captivated by the atmosphere of this ancient place, and now you can experience it yourself.
Walk along the raised platforms and soak up the sights - without soaking up any of the water! You'll be standing safe and dry among 336 illuminated marble and granite columns. The Byzantine architecture down here has stood the test of time (and a lot of tourists).
See the different building materials used across different eras, and don't miss the two creepy Medusa heads at the base of the columns. Less creepy are the carp! The shallow waters make a perfect home for these fish to thrive.


48 Hours
30 Minutes
Voucher Type
E- Voucher
Not Allowed
Not Allowed

What You Get


  • 30-minute English guided tour of the Basilica Cistern

Additional Information

  • Note that this attraction cannot be accessed directly by presenting your smartphone voucher at the museum. You need to enter with your tour guide.
  • For children under 12, a valid ID must be presented
  • Children under 5 can join for free, no ticket needed
  • Child Ticket: 5-11 years old
  • Time Slot: 09:00hrs, 12:00hrs, 14:30hrs, 16:45hrs (subject to availability) Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before, latecomers can't be waited for!

How To Use

  • Present either a printed or mobile voucher for this activity
  • The voucher is only valid on the date and time specified
  • Meet your guide at the Big Bus stop next to Sultanahmet Park (Address: Cankurtaran Mh., No:, Atmeydanı Cd. No:1, 34122 Fatih, Istanbul)

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

Item Price (SGD) Quantity
Age: 12 & above
Age: 5-11 years

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