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Miniaturk, Istanbul

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Walk between the trimmed lawns of Miniaturk dotted with more than 100 miniature models of Turkey's great buildings, such as Hagia Sophia, the mausoleum at Halicarnassus, and the Atatürk international airport. As one of the world's largest miniature parks, this open-air site features architectural structures from Istanbul, Anatolia, and even from the Ottoman territories that are no longer part of Turkey. See the ancient city of Ephesus, the bridge over the Bosporus, the Suleymaniye mosque, fairy chimneys, and Mount Nemrut, all scaled down to 1/25 of their original size. A miniature train passes through the paths. Amenities include a cafe, a shop, and a cinema showing a 3-D film about Istanbul. Plan to visit Miniaturk and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Istanbul attractions using our Istanbul itinerary maker.
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  • August 20, 2017
    If you have no time to travel the whole Turkey (and more), should take 2 hours to see Miniatürk. Very neat and worth.
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  • August 18, 2017
    It's a really nice place for those who appreciate history or architecture, as there are many detailed miniatures of historical places in Turkey. A really nice place to go in Istanbul if you can't visi...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    A very beautiful place to visit when in Istanbul, this is a good way to get an idea about the historical places to visit in Turky. The tickets are 25 Turkish lira which is almost $8  more »
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  • Miniaturk is a nice place to go. You will have an overview and information on many historical places in Istanbul and other cities that you can visit then. There are some calm parks nearby that you can visit and have a peaceful moment.
  • in one. trip visitors can see so many buildings.. the helicopter tour though is not advisable for kids since there. are scenes of fightings
  • It was okay. Fun to see the small replicas. But there were a whole lot of school field trips groups and the kids were quite rude and so we're the instructors. It was overall too loud and youd be shoved out of the way if you were standing in front of a replica and a group was headed your way.
  • Best chance to see a big part of history of Turkey in one place. Also you can see modern constructions like airport. ( With moving airplane )
  • I'd advice tourist to first visit this site and then plan/amend their vacation. It gives a great overview of Turkey's most famous places.

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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