Serefiye Cistern Guided Tour

Normal ticket value: €10

Entry included with a Istanbul E-pass

Serefiye Cistern Istanbul

Serefiye " Theodosius " Cistern  was built  between 428-443. Emperor Theodosius ordered to construct this Cistern in Istanbul, which is why it is called with his name. One of the three cisterns of Significant  Costantinopolis  (with the 4th-century  Binbirdirek Cistern  and the 6th-century  Basilica Cistern ). The water was brought to the city from the Belgrade Forest by the Aqueduct of Valens. 

Istanbul E-pass includes Serefiye Cistern Tour with English speaking Professional Guide. For details, please check "Hours & Meeting".

What time is the Serefiye Cistern open?

It is open throughout the week between 09:00 - 18:00

How much is the entrance fee for the Serefiye Cistern? 

The entrance fee for the museum is 20 Turkish Liras. You can buy tickets at the entrance. Guided tours of CisternCistern are  free  with  Istanbul E-pass  with no waiting time at the entrance.

Where is the Serefiye Cistern located?

It is located between Sultanahmet Square area and Cemberlitas Square area.

From Old City Hotels;  Get the T1 Tram to Çemberlitaş station. From there, the museum is a short 2 minutes walk away.

From Taksim Hotels; Take the funicular to Kabataş and get the T1 Tram to Cemberlitas.

From Sultanahmet Hotels; The museum is within walking distance.

How long does it take to visit the Serefiye Cistern, and what is the best time to visit?

Visiting this CisternCistern takes around 10 minutes if you see it by yourself. Guided tours generally take about 20 minutes. We recommend visiting the museum around 11 o'clock while fewer tourists prefer to visit.  

General Information about the Serefiye Cistern

The Cistern was built between 428 and 443.  Emperor Theodosius  named the Cistern after himself. It was part of the main water system of the city. There was a lack of water sources in the town. This leads the  Byzantine  to built lots of cisterns to save as much rainwater as that they can, in these cisterns. They used the water from these cisterns, only in an emergency, during droughts or sieges. 

The Cistern is made of brick, local limestones, and hydraulic mortar. It is around 24x40 meters. Thirty-two marble columns, with Corinthian-style capitals, are supporting the roof. It was restored very well recently and opened as a museum to the public. 

The Final Word

The Serefiye Cistern Istanbul is among the many wonders that give you a sneak peek into the past. It is an excellent example of the complex infrastructure developed by Byzantines. This is a beautiful place to visit and let you know about the architectural techniques of its builders. 

Serefiye Cistern Tour Times

There are several tour options at day time.
You can manage your tour with the customer support team.

Istanbul E-pass Guide Meeting Point

Meet with the guide in front of the Big bus Sultanahmet (Old City) Stop.

Our guide will hold the Istanbul E-pass flag at the meeting point and time.

Big bus Old City Stop is located across the Hagia Sophia; you can easily see dark red double-decker buses.

Important Notes: 

Serefiye Cistern Tour performs in English.

Admission price and a guided tour is free with Istanbul E-pass

Istanbul E-pass is available only with a guided tour for Serefiye Cistern

Photo ID will be asked from Child Istanbul E-pass holders.

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