Cistern of Philoxenos

Local nameBinbirdirek Sarnıcı
LocationIstanbul, Turkey

Although smaller than the famous Basilica Cistern, this underground water reservoir is still astounding.
The name Binbirdirek means 1001 columns, however, this is only a phrase used when people in Turkey want to express that there is a multiplicity of something. The real number of the columns is 224. Various events such as fashion shows, exhibitions or fancy dinners often take place here.

Tags CisternExhibition SpaceMuseum
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Opening hours

Daily: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

More information and contact


Official website


Phone +90 533 204 1001

Address İmran Öktem Cad.Binbirdirek Mah., Sultanahmet/Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Coordinates 41°0'26.828" N 28°58'26.293" E

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