Serefiye Cistern Guided Tour

Free with Istanbul Tourist Pass

Regular Price: € 10

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What's There?

The Theodosius Cistern known in Turkish Serefiye Sarnici was built between 428 – 443 by the order of Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II to store fresh water for the city by the Valens Aqueduct from the Belgrade Forest. The oldest undergrond cistern, which is now open to all visitors after 8 years of restoration, is also organized in concerts and exhibitions that supported by 32 marble columbs covers 45x25 square meters.

What's Included?

An amazing skip-the-line guided tour is included with the Istanbul Tourist Pass.

Serefiye Cistern Guided Tour is free with Istanbul Tourist Pass

Regular Price € 10

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Hours & Schedule

Wednesday thru Sunday: 15:45
The approximate duration is 20 minutes

How To Get There?

The tour starts from the stop of the BigBus touristic buses in the Sultanahmet Square, approximately 20 meters (65 ft) in front of the Hagia Sophia Museum. The Sultanahmet Square can be reached via the T1 Tram Line.

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  • The guided tours are performed in English.
  • The tour starts at the stop of the Big Bus in Sultanahmet. Click on Get Directions above to find the location.
  • You need to be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes bofore the start time of the tour.
  • The tour doesn't require a reservation in advance.

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