Opening Hours of Basilica Cistern

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If you're planning on visiting Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, here are some tips you need to know about opening hours, closing times, and the best time to visit.

Opening Hours of the Basilica Cistern

  • Open Days: Every day of the year
  • Opening Hours: 9 AM to 10 PM
  • Duration of Visit: 30 mins to 1 hour

Occasionally some special events are organised in the Basilica Palace, such as light shows or concerts. Entrance and exit times may differ according to the event.

Tips About Visiting Basilica Cistern

  • The best time to visit: It is advisable to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Basilica Cistern's opening hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; however, it is most crowded in the middle of the day. You will have a greater chance of seeing the cistern without crowds if you visit in the morning or late afternoon.
  • Avoid visiting on weekends and holidays: Weekends and holidays are the busiest times to visit the cistern. If possible, try to visit during the week.
  • Visit during the off-season: In the off-season (October-April), the cistern is less crowded. If your trip plans are flexible, now is an excellent time to visit.
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