A miniature park on the Golden Horn of Istanbul, Turkey, Miniaturk opened in May of 2003. At about 650,000 square feet, the theme park is one of the largest of its kind in the world with a model area of 160,000 square feet. The park is nicely maintained with thousands of square feet of pools and waterways. Its popularity can be assumed by the large parking lot, which is capable of holding about 500 cars at any given time.
Inside of the park, visitors marvel at the more than 100 models completed in 1/25th scale. Forty-five of the structures represent famous landmarks around Istanbul, while others represent buildings in Anatolia and from the Ottoman territories that lie outside of Turkey today. Also featured are historic structures like the Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus (now Bodrum) and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. Additional space has been reserved for future models.
The tickets that visitors must acquire to enter the park list general information on every miniature that can be found inside. Guests can also insert their tickets into listening machines scattered around Miniaturk and the machines will read more detailed information in English or Turkish.
Amenities include a restaurant and a gift shop.
Know Before You Go
Located at the northern end of the Golden Horn, Miniaturk is accessible by public bus. Take the 36T from Taksim Square or the 47 from Eminönü.