Tuesday, November 12th 2019

Miniaturk, the first miniature park in Istanbul

Have you ever heard of Miniaturk? Yes, mini Turkey or miniature Turkey. I was quite curious when my friend Emre told me that we can visit this park with miniature models of various famous sites from all over Turkey. He said: If you are lazy to visit all of them, you can always just visit the park and see all of them within couple of hours. That is a good idea, i thought. To see most of the sites of Turkey, even just models, would be really cool. The park contains 120 models done in 1/25th scale. 57 of the structures are from Istanbul, 51 are from Anatolia, and 12 are from the Ottoman territories that today lie outside of Turkey.

After visiting the park i realized that it is a great place to plan your trip around Turkey if you start in Istanbul and you are quite flexible with where to go. In this park you can really get an idea of what you would like to visit, both in Istanbul and in Turkey.

Miniaturk  park traces a 3000-year history from Antiquity to Byzantium, from Seljuks to the Ottoman Empire and into the present day.

The park is split into three sections:

– Istanbul

– Turkey

– Ottoman architecture abroad

Let’s have a look at some of them.


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Topkapi palace

Miniaturk park, Istanbul Turkey 03 The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque

Miniaturk park, Istanbul Turkey 03 Aya Sofya, Aya Sofya, Hagia Sophia

Aya Sofya, Hagia Sophia

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Süleymaniye Mosque

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Ataturk Olympic stadium

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Selimiye Mosque in Edirne

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Tomb of Master Architect Sinan

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Mount Nemrut Ruins

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Amphitheater in Antaliya

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Tomb of Sultan Murat in Kosovo

The entrance fee is 10TL.To get there go to Eminonu ferry terminal, right in front of it take a bus 47 or 47E to a bus stop Miniaturk.

The Miniaturk park makes a great half day trip. You can enjoy perfectly designed park and skilfully built models.

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5 Comments on “Miniaturk, the first miniature park in Istanbul”

  1. Hi…Mara and Alex!

    At Portugal we have a place who we are many miniatures of several buildings characteristic of Portugal. The place is called “Portugal for the Little Ones” and is in the city of Coimbra.
    See this link:
    Kisses for both

    1. Hi Manuela, this looks cool. I was in Coimbra for a little bit, but I did not know about this place. Will visit it next time I am in Portugal.

  2. This post bought back wonderful memories for me. I now want to visit the park again. Your photos are so much better than mine!

    1. Thank you, Natalie. We liked the park a lot, and got some ideas for places to visit in Turkey. We are actuyally going to travel through South-East of Turkey in 2nd part of September. Maybe we could meet somewhere if you are around that area.

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