Yerebatan Sarnici (Basilica Cistern), Istanbul

Address Alemdar Mh., 34110 ?stanbul, Türkiye Map, Tel 0212 449 4287 Call, Website

Here's a great way to beat the heat and avoid the crowds, if only for a short time. Head underground into the Basilica cistern, part of a system of aqueducts and cisterns built to bring Istanbul fresh water in Byzantine times. The arches, domes and mosaics are interesting, and you can use this to lead into an interesting conversation with your kids about where our water comes from, how it is stored, and how it gets to us.