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Review of Miniaturk

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Full-Day Tour of Istanbul Miniaturk
Ranked #26 of 1,051 things to do in Istanbul
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Minaturk is just what it sounds like: a mini version of treasures found in Turkey. The park contains 105 models done in 1/25th scale, about half of them from Istanbul and the rest from Anatolia and the Ottoman territories outside of Turkey.
Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Nice place”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

It was not one of my favourite places in Istanbul. The miniatures are not so well realised as the ones in similar museums in Europe. It is nice though to have an image of so many beautiful places in Turkey, it also helps you plan your next trip to this beautiful country.

Visited June 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice place to hang out!”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

I loved this place. It sums up all the important sightseeings in Turkey in small shapes. It gives you an idea about the historic places and attractions with description on each of them. There is also an audio guide in different languages which is very informative. Easy accessible by the local bus.

Visited August 2013
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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Fun overview of famous Turkish buildings”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

First, about getting there: it's up near the northern end, i.e. the beginning, of the Golden Horn. We took a regular ferry (Şehir Hatları) to Eyüp for the sake of sightseeing along the way, and then happened to see, at the dock at Eyüp, little boats under signs that advertised transport to Miniaturk. For TL 20 the four of us were able to take a delightful ride further up the Horn to get there. Highly recommended in and of itself! FYI: we took a cab from Miniaturk back to the Galata Bridge for TL 20.
Miniaturk itself was fun. I was impressed by the number of monuments it has (over 100), by the attention to detail they show, and by how many centuries of architecture and history in Turkey they represent. There are miniature versions of the expected buildings: Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Galata Tower from Istanbul, as well as the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Altar of Zeus at Pergamon and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. But we also saw beautiful, detailed models of some of the most famous examples of Selcuk architecture, including Ince Minareli Medrese in Konya and Gök Medrese in Sivas. (They made my husband want to travel to central Turkey!). There are also a couple of models of late 19th-century Turkish domestic architecture. Interspersed among these are modern 'wonders' like the Istanbul airport and a brackish pond with models of the famous green Istanbul ferry boats floating on it.
Cost: TL 10 per adult. There is a very small indoor display about Çanakkale (Gallipoli); the one at the Military Museum is much better. Also there are brief, not particularly enlightening recordings playable at each miniature, but the real fun is just to stroll like a giant among the models. Children may enjoy the two giant-size chess sets, the playground or the little train that they can ride around the site.

Visited July 2014
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Rawalpindi, Pakistan
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“Great experience”
Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

We had a wonderful time there. Very beautifully constructed models they give good information as well with the audio guides that are included in your tickets price. I recommend people should visit this place and that to before their tours to Istanbul and turkey cuz it gives a great idea of all the places that you want to visit. Secondly there is no shade or trees at the park so if you want to go there in summer heat i recommend taking some hats n caps along if you dont want a tan.

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Guntur, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2014

you can see all tourist attractions and historical structures in one place with 1/25 size of their original size.

Visited June 2014
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