Miniaturk, which brings together the rich architectural heritage from the cultures of every civilization that ruled and left traces in these lands from Antiquity to Rome and Byzantium, from the Seljuks to the Ottomans, was completed and opened to visitors on May 2, 2003.
Miniaturk, which set out with the slogan 'A Small Model of the Big Country', became the showcase of Turkey. Built on a total area of 60,000 square meters, Miniaturk has 15,000 square meters of model area, 40,000 square meters of green and open space, 3,500 square meters of indoor area, 2,000 square meters of pool and waterway, and a 500-car parking lot.
It was completed in a short period of 22 months thanks to the coordination of the project carried out simultaneously. It is a miniature city with the largest model area in the world and completed in the shortest time.
In Miniaturk, there are 1/25 scale models of works selected from the Ottoman and Turkish geography. 120 works from different lands are exhibited in this cultural paradise. The infrastructure has been arranged by considering the additions that can be made later. Thus, Miniaturk, in a sense, will continue to grow by setting an example for planned urbanization. The models were produced in 13 workshops, 10 in Turkey and 3 abroad.
In the park where the traces of many cultures and civilizations from Hagia Sophia to Selimiye, Rumeli Fortress to Galata Tower, Safranbolu Houses to Sümela Monastery, from Dome of the Rock to the ruins of Mount Nemrut are brought together. The Temple of Artemis, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, and the Ecyad Castle, which are no longer in place today, were also revived.
Every civilization that ruled in Anatolia and its surroundings and left traces was tried to be included in Miniaturk. With Miniaturk, traces of 3000 years of experience have been moved to the Golden Horn shore.
Another important element in Miniaturk is the 42-meter Bosphorus Bridge, which can be walked on. The Maiden's Tower in the middle of the sea, the Ottoman galley floating on the water, the other boats, and the works on both shores smile at you with all their historicity as you pass the bridge that rises over an artificial lake.
Mevlana Tomb, Selimiye Mosque, Atatürk's eternal resting place Anıtkabir, Sümela Monastery, Adana Stone Bridge, Cappadocia Fairy Chimneys, Safranbolu Houses of Karabük, Nemrut Mountain, Amasya Yalıboyu Houses, Çanakkale Martyrs Monument, Sivas Divriği Great Mosque, Halil-ür Rahman Mosque and Balıklı Lake, Mardin Stone Houses are among Anatolian works.
Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Square, Basilica Cistern, Rumeli Fortress, Maiden's Tower, Bosphorus Bridge, and Dolmabahçe Palace are among the works from Istanbul.
The house where Atatürk was born in Thessaloniki, Mostar Bridge, Masjid-i Aksa, Kosovo Sultan Murat Tomb, Jerusalem Sultan Süleyman Walls, and Damascus Gate are among the works from abroad.
Miniaturk Panorama Victory Museum was built in 2003, on the 80th anniversary of the Republic. This is a diorama gallery where what happened at the front during the War of Independence and in the villages after the war is narrated with 3D figures. You can witness the history with the models animated with sound and effects.
Kristal Istanbul is a dark room where important buildings in Istanbul such as Topkapı Palace, Rumeli Fortress, Galata Tower, Maiden's Tower, and Haydarpaşa Train Station are exhibited with 3D image processing technology made by using laser inside the crystal. Thanks to the constantly changing colored lights placed underneath, visitors can also colorfully see the crystal works.