“Safest as the name says”
Apr 28, 2017

Perfect Reasonable price. You can get cheaper options but these guys are reliable and always on time. Good cars and drivers.
“Punctual and comfortable”
Apr 25, 2017

I arrived 20 minutes before the actual time. But they tracked it well and when I went out, I saw the transfer-man waiting with a name sign. Both times I have been transferred in very comfortable vehicles where I was offered water and some nice candies. Honestly, I did not expect to receive such high quality service for such reasonable price. Highly satisfied!
“very reliable”
Apr 11, 2017

In comparison to many other companies providing this service in Istanbul, Safe Airport Transfer is very reliable. The booking went fine and the comfirmation via email came prompt. Even in the North of Istanbul near by the Black Sea at 3:00 AM they found us and arrived on time. And we were not staying in a hotel moreover in a house at friends which was not easy to find. The friendly driver took us safely to the airport on time. Well done!
“Reliable and trustworthy”
Feb 27, 2017

I booked a return journey - from and back to Ataturk Airport. I was out of arrivals quickly and the cab appeared to be held in the increase security checks - which one accepts!. Other than that, the drivers were both prompt professional and courteous. The booking process, confirmation and communication were first class. Having seen the sharks hanging about outside the terminal I was relieved to not have to deal with them. The departure cab was 10 mins early and made good time through the Istanbul rush hour traffic - no mean feat. Will use again.!
“Fantastic”
Nov 23, 2016

They're perhaps not the cheapest but certainly the most reliable. From the time of booking, which was done online and before pick-up they were very good. The communication was excellent. They emailed and phoned to confirm. The driver arrived on time (in fact early) and I got to the airport in good time in a clean and modern vehicle. Will definitely use them again.
“By far the best taxi service”
Oct 17, 2016

We were looking for taxi service from the airport (Sabiha) to the hotel and back. All done by internet and e-mail. You need a mail that you can read it abroad too because they send you confirmation to the mail. We were greeted at the airport by the representative of the office and after ten minutes we were taken to the taxi.We ordered a private taxi for two people.On their site it is mentioned that the payment is per taxi and not per person ! Their price was by far the cheapest.But the surprise came when we saw the taxi: it was not a private car but a VAN ! with seats arranged row in front of the other row and a table between them.We were offered a small cup of mineral water.The driver was ok although he did not help with the luggage and did not suggest to put it in the back of the van.(on the way back from the hotel to the airport the driver was very kind and helped us).The ride took about one hour at less rush hours and a bit more than an hour at 8 in the morning. You must take this company !
“Excellent service”
Jul 27, 2016

Used this company for airport transfer from Ataturk to Sultanahmet. We're waiting for us at airport, clean vehicle, driver who was pleasant and pointed out key landmarks. Well use again.
“Reliable & Professional”
Jun 2, 2016

Initially I have booked one way from the airport to the hotel in order to evaluate the service. Someone was waiting for us after the arrival gate holding a sign with my name. A car seat was available as per our request, the van was clean, the driver was polite and friendly. Then I have also booked the return to the airport, and the same good standard were offered. I will always consider this service whenever I visit Istanbul.
“Great Service”
May 29, 2016

Price and service can,t be beaten,someone was waiting outside the airport with a sign and name on it,then walked us to the mini van,it was rush hour and took about 30 minutes to get to our hotel in Sirkisi,using back roads and avoiding traffic.Will be taking them back for our return to the airport.
“Professional ”
May 15, 2016

Used their transport service from the airport and back. They were very polite, friendly and English speaking drivers. They were on time both ways. No fault in their service. Would recommend to use them

Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı)

Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı)

 

The below ground structure is the result of Emperor Justinian's impetus. It was build in 532 and is the largest cistern surviving in İstanbul. The construction relied on 336 columns salvaged from other locations such as ruined temples. Many of the columns have elaborate carved capitals. The Cistern is noted for its symmetry, as well as the scope of its concept. On hot summer days, the grandeur of the depths are a welcome retreat location.

 

The Basilica Cistern label is due to the location beneath the Stoa Basilica. The First Hill location was intended to supply the needs of the Great Palace and nearby buildings. The Cistern could hold as much as 80,000 cubic metres of water coming through 20 kilometres of aquaducts. The reservoir was near the Black Sea. The cistern was closed when the emperors of Byzantium moved their domicile from the Great Palace. The authorities of the City forgot about the structure and it was not rediscovered until 1545. Scholar Petrus Gylliuswas informed by locals that they could get water and even fish by lowering containers into a dark area beneath their basements. This captured the interest of the scholar who was able to access the cistern through a basement. The Ottomans called the cistern “ Yerebatan Saray” and unfortunately used it as a dumping ground.

 

In 1985, the  İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality took on the task of cleaning and renovating the cistern. The public was given access in 1987 and it has become a highly popular attraction for tourists. You can walk along raised wooden platforms and experience the dripping of water from the vaulted ceilings above. There are pale carp to be seen in the water.

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