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Yerebatan Cistern

Yerebatan Sarayı, Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cad 13, Istanbul

Open daily 9am-6.30pm.

Everyone loves the sixth-century Yerebatan Sarayı, with its forest of marble columns, its iconin moment in From Russia with Love, its coloured lights, new-age music, slippery floors, and that constant drip, drip, drip. Historically, nothing significant ever happened here, and it was never meant to be seen. Never mind: it’s just the place to go on a sweltering day, and the Medusa payoff at the far end is a spill with a thrill.

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