Miniaturk is a miniature park located in Istanbul, Turkey. It opened in 2003 and contains over 120 scaled-down models of famous landmarks and buildings from around Turkey and other parts of the world. Some of the iconic landmarks include the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Grand Bazaar. The park is a popular destination for tourists and visitors, especially those interested in architecture and history. The models are incredibly detailed and include miniature people, animals, and landscapes to give a realistic feel. In addition to the miniature models, Miniaturk also has an interactive area where visitors can learn about the history and culture of Turkey.
1. Explore the miniature replicas of famous landmarks and historical sites from Turkey and around the world.
2. Take pictures with the miniaturized versions of landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House or the White House.
3. Visit the Miniature Istanbul exhibit which showcases the city’s history and culture in miniature form.
4. Watch the miniature trains run through the landscapes, including Istanbul’s iconic Haydarpasa train station.
5. Learn about Turkey’s architectural styles and their diverse features with the miniature replicas representing different parts of the country.
6. Enjoy the panoramic view of Istanbul’s skyline from the Miniaturk’s observation tower.
7. Take a boat ride around the miniature version of the Bosphorus Strait and see miniaturized buildings and landmarks from Istanbul’s architectural history.
8. Have a picnic or a snack at the park and gardens. There are ample green spaces to relax and enjoy.
9. Play traditional Turkish games, such as Okey, Tavla, or Ciftetelli, in the park.
10. Join in on live events that can include Ottoman military parades and festivals celebrating Turkish culture.