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“Agia Sofia is a must, Basilica Cistern and The Topkapi Palace. The Bosphorus tour is also interesting and the scenery is absolutely fantastic. The mix between ancient Christiasn, Romans, Otomans is an Invaluable experience.”

United States of America

“Ancient sites like the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Valens Aqueduct -- to name just three of many -- can be visited, touched, photographed and admired.”

South Africa

“Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Musuem, Basilica Cistern”


“Agia Sofia , Basilica Cistern , Ecumenical Patriarch and the Great School of Greek Nation . Istanbul means " going to Town " - Greek word . ”


“Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern”


“One of the Great places to experience whenever anyone is in Istanbul”

United States of America

“The stairs to go down to the main level as in good condition but a bit dark. Be prepared with a flashlight or cell phone light to make decent easier. The fish in the cistern were put there by the Romans as an early warning system (think canary in the coal mine).”

Thomas Philip
United Kingdom

“Both creepy and impressive. Can be cold inside. You can also dine in a converted cistern near the blue mosque - look up 'restaurant' and 'cistern' on Google.”

United Kingdom

“Try and go at a quiet time as the atmosphere is so much more intense in the quiet”

United States of America

“Try to get there right before they open, so you can see the Cistern with as few people as possible in there. Worth it to get up a little early!”

United Kingdom

“Get out of the heat and into the cistern”

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