Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Tour with Historian Guide

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17 $ per person
  • More individuality: 15 participants maximum

Enjoy a fast admission to Basilica Cistern and learn more about the magnificent building and Greek mythology from a historian.

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  • Languages: Englisch
  • Participants : 1 - 15
  • Duration : 30 minutes
  • Offer type : public (with other participants)
  • Tour ID: 35059
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  • Benefit from priority admission to the Cisterna

  • Learn interesting facts from the local historian travel guide

  • Find out the history behind the Medusa heads


Visit the largest ancient water cistern in Istanbul, built in 532 with a total of 336 columns, with a local historian guide.

The cistern has two very large Medusa heads which are used as pedestals. In Greek mythology, Medusa was a female monster with snakes on its head and anyone who looked into her eyes immediately turned to stone.

Your historian guide will explain you everything about the exact history of the Medusa heads and the historical background of the building.

Additional information

The tour takes place daily at 15:00.

Included in the price

• Basilica Cistern entrance fee
• Professional english-speaking historian guide
• Fast track entry

Meeting point

In front of the Basilica Cistern (only 100 meters from Hagia Sophia).

Please bring your booking confirmation.

Cancellation Conditions

This deal can be cancelled for free up to 2 days before the date of the activity.

The local operator is solely responsible for the contents of this offer. In case of a reasonable suspicion of a copyrigth infringement, please contact us at to get the contact details of the operator.

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