Binbirdirek Cistern

Binbirdirek Cistern information

Istanbul , Turkey
Street İmran Öktem Sokak 4
Extras Binbirdirek Sarnıcı
+90 212 518 1001
Getting there
tram Sultanahmet
More information
admission TL10 incl 1 drink
Opening hours
9am-7pm summer, 9am-6pm winter
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Lonely Planet review

Constantine the Great (r 324–37) built Binbirdirek in AD 330. During Ottoman times it was converted into a han (caravanserai) for silk manufacturers. Closed for decades, it was restored a few years ago and functions as a cafe and venue for exhibitions, functions and concerts. Nowhere near as impressive as the Basilica Cistern (largely because it has been emptied of its water reserves and has a false floor), it’s not really worth the admission price.