Miniaturk: Where time stands still
Miniatürk, bringing together the rich architectural heritage of the civilizations that had ruled and left their marks on this ancient land from ancient ages to Rome, Byzantine, Seljuk Empire and Ottoman Empire, was completed by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Culture Inc. on May 2nd, 2003 and opened by our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Miniaturk has become a showcase of Turkey with the Slogan of 'A small Model of a Big Country'.
135 models in total, 62 from Istanbul, 60 from Anatolia and 13 from Ottoman territory outside of Turkey, that were selected among thousands of architectural works based on their reput. All models are 1/25 of the real size.
Miniaturk is not limited to Turkey and Turkish culture. It carries the life experiences of the nearby geography, including the values that give Anatolia its character. Reaching to the Golden Horn three thousand years ago, the traces left by the civilizations ruled by peace, tolerance and justice are brought together in this park.
On one side, the caravanserais, social complexes, madrasas, bridges, stations, piers, castles, city walls, tombs, mosques, churches, synagogues, palaces, mansions, obelisks, monuments and sculptures, on the other side, unique natural formations from fairy chimnies to Pamukkale were selected by the meticulous work of an expert team.
Also, two of the seven wonders of the ancient ages, Artemis Temple and Halicarnassus Mausoleum, which were built in Anatolia and do not exist are displayed.
In Miniaturk, everything is so original that you feel as if you are traveling all over the country from east to west, from north to south. Of course, it is not the same as seeing the actual works but besides willingness to see the actual ones, it feels quite privileged to able to enjoy these works presented in such an aspect.
In Miniaturk, you can find Audio Guide Mobile Application service. The Miniaturk Mobile application is available on the Apple Store and Google Play. The Miniatürk Mobile Application where you can also see the actual location information of models in Miniatürk can be listened to in 9 languages including Turkish, English, French, German, Russian, Arabic, Persian, Japanese and Spanish. IMM WIFI is available on our route.
The total area of Miniatürk is 60.000 square meters. Every detail has been carefully designed to ensure visitors a quality experience while having fun in Miniaturk including the 15.000 square meters area where the models are located as well as Panaromic Victory Museum and Istanbul Crystal Museum, parking area for 300 cars, restaurant, cafeteria, gift shop, exhibition hall, outdoor show area, children’s playground, ferryboat, remote controlled boat, train, tale tree, mini stadium with 4 biggest teams, chess hall and labyrinth area, Turkey-Istanbul simulation helicopter tour.
Taking its strength and beauty from its 3,000-year-old civilization, Miniatürk is a pleasant park as well as a cultural and social responsibility project at the same time. Young generations will discover the deep roots of their civilizations in Miniaturk.
Miniaturk is one of the first addresses in Istanbul of local and foreign tourists, and an ideal place for those who want to experience a fabulous and quick tour of Turkey. In short, it is Turkey's Showcase.