Theodosius Cistern

The Theodosius Cistern (greek: Κινστέρνα Θεοδοσίου, turk: Şerefiye Sarnıcı) is one of many ancient cisterns of Constantinople that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey. The modern entrance is in Piyer Loti Caddesi, Fatih.

It was built by Roman Emperor Theodosius II between 428 and 443 to store water supplied by the Valens Aqueduct. The Aqueduct of Valens was redistributed by Theodosius from its original supply to the Nymphaeum, the Baths of Zeuxippus and the Great Palace of Constantinople. This redistribution led to the construction of the Theodosius Cistern.

The area is about 45 by 25 metres and the roof is supported by 32 marble columns about 9 metres high.

Like the Basilica Cistern and the Binbirdirek Cistern, it is open to the public.

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Burcu Yatmazoglu
5 September 2018
Also known as Theodosius Cistern, this amazing 1600-year-old cultural heritage opened to visitors in April 2018. It's located in the Çemberlitaş which is in a walking distance to Grand Bazaar.
Miloš
12 August 2019
Recently renovated and opened, there are no queues here and you can enjoy being alone
Çiğdem Varli
27 June 2018
Yerebatan sarnıcından iyi olduğunu söyleyebilirim atmosferi güzel mutlaka gidin ve görün İranlı sanatçı Ahmet Nejat’ın hat sanatıyla yaptığı tablolar ve altın ve gümüş kaplamalı yaptıkları muhteşem
Erhan B
23 November 2018
İBBnin şehrimize kazandırdığı tarih miraslarından bu eski Bizans sarnıcı çok iyi restore edilmiş büyüleyici ortamıyla muhteşem sergilere evsahipliği yapıyor Binbirdirek’i özelsektörden kurtarmak lazım
@LEV
14 September 2018
restorasyon harika.. giriş ücretsiz.. dış mekan restorasyonu oldukça başarısız .. girişte yönlendirme ve ne olduğuna ait tabela bile yok.. yerebatan sarnıcına göre oldukça küçük
Özden Inal
17 January 2022
Gösteri müthiş çok beğendim
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Binbirdirek Mh., Piyer Loti Caddesi 2-22, 34200 Fatih/Istanbul Province, Turkey Get directions
Tue 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
Wed 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Thu 9:00 AM–10:00 AM
Fri 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM–6:00 PM

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