A splendid park with "minicopies" of monuments and buildings of Turkish history - a joyful place for children and adults with audio-guide in a several foreign languages. Unfortunately, in this modern Turkey there is no translation into Bosnian, although it was one of the official languages in The Ottoman Empire. Maybe they expect that we should have learned Turkish after so many centuries of coexistence.
The ticket costs 5 TL for Turkish citizens and 10 TL for foreigners.
Istanbul has a Maquette park which has began to operate as of April 23rd,2003. The mini Turkey park called "Miniaturk" and have mini models of old ottoman architectural works in Turkey. On miniaturk Turkey's rich historical and cultural heritage is being displayed with their maquettes. On the park there are 105 models of architectural structures. 45 of them belongs to structures from Istanbul, another 45 structures from the rest of Turkey and some 15 models made by Turks that are on the borders of other countries. All maquette structures are 1/25 of their original size.
The park is located over on a 56-hectare area along the coast of the Golden Horn. Hagia Sophia, Aspendos Theater, Suleymaniye Mosque, Sumela Monastery, Fairy Chimneys, Mount Nemrud and the ancient city of Ephesus are some of those among the historical and cultural works of art in the park. There is also a small bridge which is copied from the Bosphorus bridge between Europe and Asia.
The entrance fee to the park is 10 YTL (around 7 USD). Turkish citizens can pay 5,- YTL and students can enter the park for 3 YTL. The park is open from 09:00 to 19:00 during weekdays and 09:00 to 21:00 in summer weekends. .
Opened in 2002 on the Golden Horn, the world’s largest miniature park contains 105 miniature models in 1/25th scale of well known Turkish historical sites in an open air expanse. Covering an area of 60,000m2, Miniaturk offers dwarfed versions of famous sights including Hagia Sophia , Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Nemrut Dag, Artemis Temple and even a walkable Bosphorus Bridge.
There is a coin-operated cable boat which travels across a pond and a miniature train. Almost half of the structures are from Istanbul, but it also features monuments that were built by the Ottoman Empire that now lie outside Turkish borders.
Here you can watch my HD Video of "Miniaturk Park Museum" ... :
Each exhibit has automated audio commentary about the structure in English; you will need to have your ticket with you as this activates the commentary.
The complex also houses a gift shop, restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, cafe, shopping centre, cinema, exhibition hall, library, playground, labyrinth and an open air theatre. There is also a parking lot with capacity for 500 vehicles.
Inside the Miniaturk, there are 2 more Museums as named "Crystal Museum" and "Panorama Victory Museum" ....
Here you can read my reviews of those Museums concerningly for more detailed informations .... :
Panorama Victory Museum
Its a good option to spend a sunny day in Istanbul with children while soaking up a bit of Turkish history ... :)
The entrance fee for visitors to the park is 10.- TL (around 5.- USD). Turkish citizens has a reduced fee of 5,- TL and students can enter the park for 3.- TL.
The park is open each day from 09:00 to 19:00 during weekdays and 09:00 to 21:00 in summer weekends. .
Miniaturk is the world's biggest miniature city of the world. You can find the miniatures of more than 100 historical or modern buildings in Turkey and abroad. It is very entertaining to spend time in such a place and it can also give inspiration about new places to discover.
Most of the miniatures are from Turkey. Some of them are the buildings built in lands that used to belong to Ottoman lands.
The tickets given in the entrance is used to listen information on every miniature inside. You have to insert the ticket into a machine to listen information. It is possible to buy tickets giving information in English or Turkish. I don't know if other languages is available.
I have to say that my friends from the Art History Department of the university, do not like this place and criticize it a lot. They have many criticisms about the selection of the buildings, the insufficiency of the information, the proportion of the maquettes etc. As professionals, they may have point in their criticism but as an ordinary visitors i found this place very amuzing and recommend everybody to visit.
Please note that it is an open place so, check the weather before you go. It is not clever to go there on rainy or stormy days.
Miniaturk is built in Halic (the Golden Horn) and it consists of mini models of all famous historical monuments of Anatolia. Miniaturk has opened its doors to public at 23th April 2003 and has many guests from inside and outside Turkey. There are many examples of this mini monumental works around the world, for instance minieurope in Belgium, Madurodam in Netherlands etc.
The entrance fee is for adults 5.000.000 TL which is around 3 Euros.
No photo available. Please check the internet site or www.faruk.net and click on Miniaturk visit pictures for very nice photos taken by Omer Faruk Sen Aka.
Located on the north-eastern shore of the Golden Horn is Miniaturk miniature park. At 650,000 square feet, it is said to be the world's largest miniature park. There are 105 models of various structures. The models are done in 1/25th scale. If you visit after a few days of sightseeing in Istanbul, you will recognize many of the 45 models from Istanbul. There are an additional 45 models from Anatolia and 15 from Ottoman territories outside of today's Turkey.
The model's were very cool. In front of each one was an audio guide with a description of the model available in several languages. My favorties included Ataturk Airport (complete with planes), Ataturk Olympic Stadium (with cheering spectators), and the various mosques (the details are superb). What was also really nice was that you got to see the mosques (and their many domes) and structures from above - a view you would not normally have.
This is a very popular field trip for school children so do consider that and the heat (the entire park is outdoors) when deciding when to go. I'd recommend early in the day or late afternoon. Inside the park is an excellent play area for children, a restaurant, snack stands, and a very nice gift shop. There is a mini-train ride around the park and a pool as well. It is enjoyable with or without children! Allow a couple of hours to visit, more if using the children's play area or pool
While you're in the area, I highly recommend visiting Rahmi M. Koc Museum - a few bus stops back towards Istanbul.
Admission: 10 TL
Check website or call to confirm operating hours.
The construction of Miniaturk, the first miniature park in Istanbul, began in June 30, 2001 and opened on May 2, 2003. Miniaturk covers a total area of 60,000 square meters. Its model area is 15,000 sqm, making Miniaturk the world's largest miniature park in respect to its model area.
The park contains 105 models done in 1/25th scale. 45 of the structures are from Istanbul, 45 are from Anatolia, and 15 are from the Ottoman territories that today lie outside of Turkey. Additional space was reserved for potential future models. The infrastructure was built taking into consideration the needs of potential additions. Therefore, Miniaturk will continue growing, modeling, in a sense, planned urbanization.
If you like monuments in model size and if you travel to Istanbul with children this place is just for you :)
A short drive from both Sultanahmet and Taksim and open every day from 9 till 6, the 10YTL entry fee allows you to wander round and enjoy the wonderful detail of mini versions of many of the significant buildings of Turkey, including Istanbul's palaces, towers and mosques, and Cappadocia, the Parliament Building and Anit Kabir, miniaturk is a good way to while away an afternoon, and with clever shooting pretend you visited alot more than you really did on holiday!
The cafe serves good quality food at affordable prices, the gift shop has a cool range of Tshirts:)
The park is small enugh to walk around and is wheelchair and pushchair accessible, with a great playground for kids , with a Trojan horse complete with slide. A great antidote if the kids have had too much culture, but also fun that can be enjoyed by adults without having to borrow an under 10!
Istanbul has a new mini maquette park which is operating since april 23rd,2003. The mini Turkey park called Miniaturk and have mini models of old ottoman architectural works in Turkey. On miniaturk Turkey's rich historical and cultural heritage is being displayed with their maquettes.
If you plan a visit to Istanbul, this is a must see event, you should put in to your agenda. You can have snap to all main structures in Turkey in such a short time. On the park there are 105 models of architectural structures. 45 of them belongs to structures from Istanbul, another 45 structures from the rest of Turkey and some 15 models made by Turks that are on the borders of other countries. All maquette structures are 1/25 of their original size.
The park is located over on a 56-hectare area along the coast of the Golden Horn. Hagia Sophia, Aspendos Theater, Suleymaniye Mosque, Sumela Monastery, Fairy Chimneys, Mount Nemrud and the ancient city of Ephesus are some of those among the historical and cultural works of art in the park. There is also a small bridge which is copied from the Bosphorus bridge between Europe and Asia..
The entrance fee to the park is 10 YTL. ( ~7 USD). While you are getiing your ticket, please mention your choice of Language. At the moment there are 6 alternative languages, En,Fr, De, Tr, Ar and Russian. On every structure you can have a short voice description which is displayed by the help of the electronic band on your ticket and on your chosen language. (The voice system is not yet active in all structures, so you may find some no replies..:)
The park is open from 10:00 to 18:00. and in summer it is open till 19:00 hrs in weekdays and 21:00 in weekends..
To reach to miniaturk I advice taking a taxi from Eminonu ( ~center of touristy area). It shall cost 9-10 YTL ( ~7 USD)..
I have prepared atraveloque for Miniaturk on my Turkey Page..
Miniaturk is where you can see a lot of Turkey's top attractions in one place on a small scale.
Miniaturk is located on the golden horn , a little bit far from the touristic areas and it is a very beautiful places to spend 2-3 hours.
Entrance will cost 5 YTL and you can come to the park by bus from Eminonu (47c and 47e) it will cost something like 2-3 YTL.
What is MiniaTurk?
It is a reflection of present and past times. Its a mark of respect for a long history that strecthes back to thousands of years and is a gift to the coming centuries. It is the revival of our history and culture, portrayed in all its magnificance in ISTANBUL, at a site on the Golden Horn.
Here countless objects,figures ,automobiles,airplanes,trains,roads,bridges,caravansaries,mosques,monasteries,synagogues,summer homes,mansions... have been all been built at a scale of 25 to 1 and arranged side by side in this gigantic park. This site brings to life story and this story land is altogether multi-cultural, colorful and full of sounds. This is MiniaTurk...
Wondering how you can manage in just one day too see Safranbolu Houses, Cift Medrese in Erzurum, Ataturks Mausoleum in Ankara, Sumela Monastery, Green Tomb in Bursa, Selemiye Mosque in Edirne, Temple of Artemis which once was in Izmir, Mausoleum of Halikarnasus, the Bosphorus Bridge and other more then 100 architectural and natural sites?
Of course all that 25.000 times smaller then original!!! All in one place with sound explanation and special effects with lights in the evening.
45 destinations in Anatolia, 45 in Istanbul, 15 destination from other countries like: Jerusalem’s Sultan Süleyman Walls, Damascus Gate, Jerusalem Kubbet-us Sahra. And more to come...
Also a small area-park for children where they can play in the Troya Horse.
Opened just a week ago!
Ticket price: 4.000.000 TL (about 2.65 USD)
Great for the kids but unsure for the oldies.Make sure it's not windy or cold because it's in the open.
Bus 36T from Taksim.
MiniaTurk is a great place to go if you want to see all the main attractions of Turkey in a day. The details on the miniatures are so precise and awe-inspiring. It's great for the kids!