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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. Put Miniaturk into our Istanbul tour builder app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Istanbul.
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  • 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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Miniatürk is a miniature park situated at the north-eastern shore of Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey. It was opened May 2, 2003. Miniatürk covers a total area of 60,000 square metres (650,000 sq ft). It is one of the world's largest miniature parks with its 15,000 m2 (160,000 sq ft) model area. The park contains 122 models in 1:25 scale. It contains structures from in and around Turkey, as well as interpretations of historic structures.
  • Lovely place. Cheap entry fee and it's well worth the money. You get to see some great turkish structures miniature statues placed in logical order. The details on the structures are incredible and the way it's placed is wonderful. Must see for every tourist visiting Istanbul.
  • Mini Turkey. All the sculptures and tourists attractions 3d models are present. Highly recommended place for kids and teens
  • For any foreigner, I think this should be the starter pack for your tourism in Turkey. İt shows EVERYTHİNG, every structure and lots of reference to the historical sites in Turkey. İt was amazing
  • A big park containing decently sized scale models (of old palaces, mosques, churches or even Cappadocia formations) from Istanbul and quite a few from around Turkey. Considering Istanbul traffic, a good place to get acquainted with much of historical sites of Istanbul. Also a good and relaxed place to spend the day if you like architecture or like to play Godzilla.

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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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