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Cistern of Theodosius

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"If one is further interested in knowing the history of Constantinople, the Byzantine Empire, you are encouraged to visit Şerefiye Sarnıcı/Cistern of Theodosius which is relatively newer (1600 yr old cistern) than Basilica Cistern. There are 2 light & sound shows in Şerefiye Sarnıcı - A civilization of water - Istanbul (show of 15 minutes) Journey from Past to Present - Şerefiye Sarnıcı The 1st session of the day starts from 09:00 hours, the ticket price for both these shows in 350 TL per person, if one chooses to only see the 2nd show, the ticket price is 250 TL per person. The audio is available in both Turkish & English languages and occurs in an interval of 1 hour. I personally enjoyed Basilica Cistern more than Şerefiye Sarnıcı because the former is huger & more vast & extensive & older. (please don't refrain yourselves from enjoying Şerefiye Sarnıcı though 😎)"
"Şerefiye Sarnıcı, also known as the Theodosius Cistern, is one of the largest and most impressive Byzantine cisterns in Istanbul, Turkey. It is located in the Fatih district, near the Binbirdirek Sarnıcı (Cistern of a Thousand and One Columns). The cistern was built in the 5th century AD by Emperor Theodosius II and was used to store water for the Great Palace of Constantinople. It is a vast underground chamber with a capacity of 40,000 cubic meters of water. The cistern is supported by 32 columns, each of which is topped by a Corinthian capital. The walls of the cistern are lined with brick and decorated with niches and arches. Şerefiye Sarnıcı was rediscovered in the 19th century and has since been restored. It is now open to the public as a museum. Visitors can walk along the walkways and admire the cistern's impressive architecture."
"ENTRACE FEE: 650 TL. Museum Pass Istanbul&Museum Pass Türkiye are not accepted."

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