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Miniaturk: Istanbul has a brand new Maquette park which has began to operate as of April 23rd,2003. The mini Turkey park called Miniaturk and have mini models of old ottoman architectural works in Turkey. On miniaturk Turkey's rich historical and cultural heritage is being displayed with their maquettes.
If you plan a visit to Istanbul, this is a must see event, you should put in to your agenda. You can have snap to all main structures in Turkey in such a short time. On the park there are 105 models of architectural structures. 45 of them belongs to structures from Istanbul, another 45 structures from the rest of Turkey and some 15 models made by Turks that are on the borders of other countries. All maquette structures are 1/25 of their original size.

The park is located over on a 56-hectare area along the coast of the Golden Horn. Hagia Sophia, Aspendos Theater, Suleymaniye Mosque, Sumela Monastery, Fairy Chimneys, Mount Nemrud and the ancient city of Ephesus are some of those among the historical and cultural works of art in the park. There is also a small bridge which is copied from the Bosphorus bridge between Europe and Asia..
The entrance fee to the park is around 3,5 USD. (5 YTL). Students for 3 YTL (2 USD). While you are getting your ticket, please mention your choice of Language. At the moment there are 6 alternative languages, En,Fr, De, Tr, Ar and Russian. On every structure you can have a short voice description which is displayed by the help of the electronic band on your ticket and on your chosen language. The park is open from 10:00 to 18:00. and in summer it is open till 22:00 hrs.

Reaching Miniaturk: to reach to miniaturk I advice taking a taxi from Eminonu ( ~center of touristy area). It costs 8 YTL (around 5 USD). As an alternative you can take a bus to Miniaturk from Eminonu. Bus numbers 47Ç and 47 E, passes just in front of Miniaturk.

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