Miniaturk Park in Istanbul: how to get there, history, photos

When I travel to different cities and countries, I always try to visit theme parks or exhibitions with miniature models of local attractions. This allows you to at least briefly get acquainted with the local architecture and history without large time and financial costs. During my trip to Istanbul, I walked through the most interesting Miniaturk Park, where you can make an exciting trip all over Turkey in just one hour.

Miniaturk Park in Istanbul
Miniaturk Park in Istanbul

Labyrinth
Labyrinth

The open-air exhibition complex is a collection of models of Turkish sights
The open-air exhibition complex is a collection of models of Turkish sights

Anıtkabir (Mausoleum of Ataturk)
Anıtkabir (Mausoleum of Ataturk)

History of the place

The open-air exhibition complex is a collection of models of Turkish sights - mosques, castles, bridges, palaces and other interesting buildings and structures. In total, more than 130 models can be found on the territory, while several of them are located outside modern Turkey. All models are made in 1/25 scale.

Some layouts are supplemented with figures of people
Some layouts are supplemented with figures of people

Istanbul cats
Istanbul cats

In total, more than 130 models can be found on the territory
In total, more than 130 models can be found on the territory

All models are made in 1/25 scale
All models are made in 1/25 scale

Some layouts are supplemented with figures of people. You can interact with others, for example, turn on the recording of the anthem in the stadium. One of the models is equipped with a movable mechanism: on it you can see the movement of the cable car trailers. Small balloons are hung over an impromptu mountain range in the central part of the park. This is probably a reference to the world famous Cappadocia.

Mount Nemrut
Mount Nemrut

Temple of Artemis
Temple of Artemis

Aspendos
Aspendos

Small balloons are hung over an impromptu mountain range in the central part of the park
Small balloons are hung over an impromptu mountain range in the central part of the park

Miniaturk is a modern landmark of Istanbul. The park opened in 2003. The slogan of the complex is “A small Model of a Big Country”.

There are several stalls with food and drinks on the territory. I saw something like a big cafe here, but on the day of my visit it was closed. In addition to viewing the models, tourists are invited, for example, to walk through a small labyrinth or chase each other in radio-controlled boats.

Pamukkale, thermal springs
Pamukkale, thermal springs

Stadium layout
Stadium layout

Suleymaniye Mosque
Suleymaniye Mosque

Airport
Airport

I have already written about some Turkish sights presented here, for example, Hagia Sophia. Others, such as the church of Hagia Irene or the fortress of Rumeli, only plan to visit in the future. Among other buildings here you can see models of the Galata Tower, the Blue Mosque, the Dolmabahce Palace, the Ataturk Mausoleum and other lesser-known sights of beautiful Turkey. The park is located on the picturesque coast of the Golden Horn Bay.

Golden Horn
Golden Horn

The address of the complex is İmrahor Cad.  No:7
The address of the complex is İmrahor Cad. No:7

Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia

RC boats
RC boats

The address of the complex is İmrahor Cad. No:7. The territory is open for guests from nine in the morning to six in the evening. In the summer of 2022, the cost of an entrance ticket without discounts was 90 Turkish liras. We got to the park on foot from the Okmeydani metrobus stop, although you can also get here by a regular regular bus. It all depends on which part of Istanbul you are coming from.

Haydarpaşa railway station
Haydarpaşa railway station

Rumeli hisarı
Rumeli hisarı

Galata Tower
Galata Tower

In the summer of 2022, the cost of an entrance ticket without discounts was 90 Turkish liras
In the summer of 2022, the cost of an entrance ticket without discounts was 90 Turkish liras

Here my walk through this amazing park ends. The next story will be dedicated to the Balat district. This is one of the brightest places in beautiful Istanbul.

Have a nice trip!

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