Cistern of Philoxenos

Attractions, Historic buildings and sites Fatih
Cistern of Philoxenos, 1001 Direk, Binbirdirek

Time Out says

Dating back to the 5th century, the Cistern of Philoxenos is one of Istanbul’s surviving Byzantine subterranean reservoirs and a hidden gem that’s off the tourist trail. While its Turkish name, Binbirdirek Sarnıcı, translates into ‘1001 Columns’, the number isn’t used literally here but as a turn of phrase denoting multitude. The cistern is actually built on 224 columns standing more than 10 meters tall, most of which are engraved with a Greek mason’s mark. In recent years, the cistern has hosted a variety of events including concerts, fashion shows and exhibitions.



Address: İmran Öktem Caddesi No: 4, Fatih

Price: Turkish nationals 10 TL, foreign visitor 20 TL.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat. 09:00-18:00. Closed Sun.
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