Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici)
Basilica Cistern was designed to service the Great Byzantine Palace and surrounding buildings. It was able to store up to 100,000 tons of water delivered via 20 km of Aqueducts from a reservoir around Belgrad Forest. When Ottoman Empire took over the city, it was not used it for long years. Because the water which stay in the cistern, doesn’t run and smell after a while. That is why it was not used for long time by the muslims and had been forgotton. Petrus Gyllius who was researching Byzantine Antiquities in the city, discovered the Basilica Cistern in 16th century.
The cistern was renovated in 1986 by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and opened to the public in 1988. It is one of the city’s most popular museum today and can be visited every day. It is charged 20 Turkish Lira.
It is open everyday. It costs 20 Turkish Lira.