On one of our visits to Turkey, my wife and I had a few extra days in Istanbul and we decided to visit a place that we had never been to before. The place is called Miniatürk Park and is located about a 35-minute bus ride northwest of the bridges that cross the Golden Horn.
Miniatürk is a 15-acre site that displays 1/25 scale models of 131 structures found mainly in Turkey. Sixty–one models are from Istanbul, 58 from Anatolia, and 12 from outside of Turkey. The time periods represented are from earliest times up to the present. By way of comparison, the model of Second Temple Jerusalem at the Israel Museum is on a 1/50 scale.
There is a wonderful Panorama of the Park at the end of this Post!
Several examples of the models follow.
Note the three structures this side of the mosque. The structure closest to the mosque is where the Tomb of Suleiman (builder of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem) is located. The one in the middle is the Tomb of his wife Roxelana. The structure on the wall is the Dal–ül Kuran—a place where the proper reading of the Koran was taught.
To see the altar of Zeus as reconstructed in the Staatliche Museum in Berlin Click Here. The altar is rectangular in shape measuring 118 x 112 ft. [36 x 34 m]. To view the site of the altar at Pergamum Click Here.
Note the people walking around the 15-acre site that displays 1/25 scale models of 131 structures found mainly in Turkey. Sixty–one are from Istanbul, 58 from Anatolia, and 12 from outside of Turkey. The time periods represented are from earliest times up to the present.
To view additional images from Miniatürk Park Click Here.