Underground Cistern © Brian Jeffery Beggerly
Also known as the Underground Cistern or Yerebatan Saray, this eerie cavern was built by Constantine the Great around 532 AD and is supported, below ground, by 336 columns. Once as location for the James Bond film, From Russia with Love, today the cavern sees tourists crossing over 2 acres of 12 inch deep water, on wooden walkways, to take in the occasional art exhibit or marvel at the intricate design on the columns themselves.
There is a pleasant little café above where the eyes can adjust over some tea.
Address: Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, Fatih/Ä°stanbul, Turkey.
Telephone: +90 212 522 1259
Opening times: 9am-5.30pm daily.