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Basilica Cistern Opening Hours | Best Time to Visit, Visiting Days, & More

Today

Open 9 AM–10 PM

Last Admission

6:30 PM

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern is open every day of the year from 9 am to 10 pm. 

Jan 1 TO Dec 31 Timings

Days (Jan 1 TO Dec 31)

TIMINGSLast Admission
Monday9:00 AM–10:00 PM6:30 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM–10:00 PM6:30 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM–10:00 PM6:30 PM
Thursday9:00 AM–10:00 PM6:30 PM
Friday9:00 AM–10:00 PM6:30 PM
Saturday9:00 AM–10:00 PM6:30 PM
Sunday (Today)9:00 AM–10:00 PM6:30 PM
Basilica Cistern

Recommended duration of visit: 30 minutes to 1 hour




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Best time to visit the Basilica Cistern

Weekday vs Weekend

  • Weekdays are generally less crowded allowing you to fully savor the tranquil ambiance of the Basilica Cistern. 
  • Weekends typically witness larger tourist crowds, resulting in extended wait times and less leisurely exploration. 

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Pleasant
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Peak season vs Low season

  • March-May and September-October are the ideal months to visit Basilica Cistern, owing to the pleasant weather in Istanbul.
  • The peak summer season sees a huge influx of tourists so you will find the city quite crowded with high prices on hotels and restaurants. During the low winter season, there are fewer crowds, and you will find better deals on hotels and restaurants. If you are a budget traveler and would not mind the chill, visiting the during the low season is a good option. 

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How long should you spend at Basilica Cistern?

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Frequently asked questions about Basilica Cistern opening hours

Is the Basilica Cistern open every day?

The Basilica Cistern is open throughout the year from 9 AM to 10 PM. 

When is the Basilica Cistern closed?

The Basilica Cistern is open throughout the year. 

How long should I spend at the Basilica Cistern?

The Medusa Heads, the Weeping Column, and the 336 columns lining the roof are some of the most significant highlights inside the Basilica Cistern. You can spend around 30 minutes to an hour exploring these columns and arches. 

What is the best time to visit the Basilica Cistern?

March to May and September to October are the best months to visit the Basilica Cistern. You can enjoy pleasant temperatures in Istanbul during these months. 

Is the Basilica Cistern open on public holidays?

The Basilica Cistern is open to visitors every day of the year from 9 am to 10 pm.