Şerefiye Cistern Visiting Hours Extended

Due to the great interest of local and foreign visitors, the opening and closing hours of the historical Şerefiye Cistern, restored by the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality, have been extended by two hours. The Cistern opens at 09.00 and closes at 20.00.

Şerefiye Cistern Visiting Hours Extended

Since it was opened, the Şerefiye Cistern has drawn great attention. The Cistern was opened to visits following a meticulous eight-year restoration project by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, which is renowned for undertaking projects to protect the city’s historical and cultural heritage. Due to the great interest in İstanbul's restored 1,590-year-old cistern, the visiting hours were extended. The Cistern’s opening time has been changed from 10.00 to 09.00, while its closing time has been extended from 19.00 to 20.00.


Built between 428 and 443 during the reign of the Byzantine emperor Theodosius II, the Şerefiye (Theodosius) Cistern is located in Pierre Loti Street in Fatih District. The Cistern was opened to the visits, with an official ceremony on April 24, 2018. The opening followed an eight-year restoration project undertaken by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. The historic Şerefiye Cistern has attracted numerous visitors from Turkey and abroad since its opening. Due to the great interest, the IMM affiliate, the Culture Co., extended visiting hours of the Şerefiye Cistern. The Cistern which is open between 09.00 to 20.00; was previously visited between10.00 to 19.00.


With its historical and cultural values, the Şerefiye Cistern has attracted the attention of art lovers as well as becoming a destination for cultural events and artistic activities. Ahmet Nejat’s exhibition titled “Hiç Hali (State of Nothing)” was held at the magnificent atmosphere of the Cistern. As well, on October 24, 2018, the exhibition titled “The Horses, Ottoman Calligraphy and Suleymanname” was opened to visitors. The show featuring Süleyman Saim Tekcan’s sculptures and gravures spanning 30 years, offers visitors a unique experience: Curated by Mehmet Lütfi Şen, the exhibition brings together the engravings installed on the Cistern’s walls and three-dimensional works reflecting in the water and causing images to overlap with the shadows on the walls.