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İskender PaŞa Mahalesİ Oyun Boza (0.0 km from Basilica Cistern)

ÖZ DÜNYA HOTEL features air-conditioned rooms with satellite flat-screen TV in the Fatih district of Istanbul. Featuring room service this property also provides guests with a terrace.

Average 125 reviews
Vogue Hotel Supreme Istanbul
Vogue Hotel Supreme Istanbul

Alemdar Mah. Yerebatan Cad. No:13 S (0.0 km from Basilica Cistern)

Conveniently set in the Fatih district of Istanbul Vogue Hotel Supreme Istanbul is located 40 metres from Basilica Cistern 400 metres from Hagia Sophia and 350 metres from Blue Mosque.

Superb 331 reviews
Boutique Saint Sophia
Boutique Saint Sophia

Alemdar Sultanahmet (0.1 km from Basilica Cistern)

Set in a 19th-century building and totally renovated in 2013 Boutique Saint Sophia has views over Hagia Sophia courtyard and offers luxurious rooms decorated with marble and teak wood.

Superb 392 reviews
Cheers Hostel
Cheers Hostel

Alemdar Mah. Zeynep Sultan Cami Sok (0.1 km from Basilica Cistern)

Cheers Hostel Istanbul is located in the heart of Sultanahmet just minutes from Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. It offers a terrace bar with views of the Old Istanbul.

Superb 543 reviews
The Million Stone Hotel - Special Category
The Million Stone Hotel - Special Category

Yerebatan Cad. Muhteremefendi Sok. (0.1 km from Basilica Cistern)

Situated right next to Basilica Cistern The Million Stone Hotel has a central location in the historic Sultanahmet district. The hotel has a sauna and luxurious rooms with modern amenities.

Superb 113 reviews
The And Hotel Sultanahmet- Special Category
The And Hotel Sultanahmet- Special Category

Yerebatan Cad. Camii Cikmazi No.18 (0.1 km from Basilica Cistern)

With a perfect location amid Istanbul’s historic attractions The And Hotel Sultanahmet - Special Category offers magnificent views of Hagia Sophia’s 4 minarets from its outdoor dining terrace as well as the Blue Mosque and the Bosphorus.

Superb 379 reviews
Old Port Hotel Suit
Old Port Hotel Suit

Alemdar Mahallesi Divanyolu Caddesi (0.1 km from Basilica Cistern)

Set in Istanbul 100 metres from Basilica Cistern OLD PORT HOTEL SUIT / Sultanahmet offers air-conditioned accommodation with city and sea view.

Superb 42 reviews
Ares Hotel
Ares Hotel

Alemdar Mah. Incili Cavus Sok No 17 (0.1 km from Basilica Cistern)

Ares Hotel Sultanahmet is located next to Hagia Sophia in the heart of Istanbul's historic city centre. It features a terrace and offers air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and free Wi-Fi.

Very good 997 reviews

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About Hotels in Basilica Cistern!

The Basilica Cistern Istanbul is a subterranean structure located beneath the city of Istanbul. It was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, making it one of the oldest existing structures in the city. The cistern was originally used to store water for the city and was fed by aqueducts from a nearby lake, allowing it to remain filled despite its size. In modern times, it has become a popular tourist attraction in Istanbul, with its impressive size and architecture drawing thousands of visitors each year.

The cistern is immense, measuring approximately 140 meters long by 70 meters wide and containing 336 marble columns that stand up to 9 meters tall. These columns are arranged in 12 rows and support an arched roof that allows light to enter the cistern and illuminate its waters. Most notably however is an upside-down Medusa head sculpture that can be seen at one end of the cistern, believed to have been brought here from another location as part of architectural reuse.

The Basilica Cistern Istanbul is renowned for its remarkable engineering; it has remained standing for more than 1,500 years despite being constructed using ancient technology and techniques. The construction process involved excavating a huge open space beneath the city streets before reinforcing it with brick walls and buttresses as well as covering it with a large slab of stone known as a "muqarnas". Additionally, elaborate systems were put in place to keep out sediment from entering via incoming water supplies which still work today.

Today, tourists can explore this vast underground structure either on their own or on guided tours which provide further insight into its history and importance since Justinian’s time. Furthermore, several events are held throughout the year at this historic site – including music concerts – providing an opportunity for visitors to experience something truly unique when visiting Istanbul!