THE TOURISTS WHO COME TO ISTANBUL FROM AROUND THE WORLD DON’T LEAVE BEFORE VISITING THE BASILICA CISTERN.
The Basilica Cistern in Sultanahmet was selected as the winner of Travelers’ Choice 2014 by the votes of the millions of Trip Advisor users. Trip Advisor is one of the largest tourism web portals of the world. The winner of the Travelers’ Choice Award, which was given for the first time in 2002, is selected through the millions of comments and critics of its users. Service, quality, and customer appreciation are taken as bases for the award that is given each year.
A natural set for foreign productions
The Basilica Cistern that was built to meet the water needs of Istanbul during the reign of the Byzantine Empire receives attention from millions of tourists as well as foreign movie producers with its mysterious Medusa sculptures, magnificent pillars, and mystic ambience. The Basilica, which was the host of some scenes from ‘Skyfall’, the most recent James Bond movie, and ‘The Last Hope’, a Russell Crowe production, is being considered as the location to some scenes for the movie that is going to be based on Dan Brown’s novel ‘Inferno.’
Broke a record in 2014
The tourists who come to Istanbul from around the world do not leave before visiting the Basilica Cistern. The Basilica, which was opened for visitors in 1987 following an extensive maintenance done by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, broke a record by being visited by 2 million 100 thousand local and foreign visitors in 2014. The mysterious basilica was visited by 234 thousand 586 visitors in the first two months of 2015.