Istanbul Large and Small

February 5, 2011

Posted by Kanga.

On our last full day in Instanbul, we went to Miniaturk Park. This is a park with miniature reproductions of major buildings and structures throughout Turkey. As I was walking around, I thought “maybe we should have come here first,” but then I decided it was just as good, maybe better to look at the reproductions after having seen the real thing in person.

We had already decided that Miniaturk should be on our list of things to do before seeing the advertisement in the Basilica Cistern, which consists of a miniature of Miniaturk (slightly ironic?).

miniature diarama

So here are a few real life/miniature comparisons.

fortress on the shore

Remember Rumeli Fortress from our boat trip up the Bosphorus Strait?

miniature of Rumeli fortress

Galata Tower

Galata Tower

miniature of Galata tower

Basilica Cistern, Roman columns

The Basilica Cistern

miniature of the Basilica Cistern

a cafe built on ancient stone wall and backed by stone wall

Sogukcheshme Street/Cafe Turing

miniature of buildings along the old city wall

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

miniature of the Hagia Sophia

a town on the shore and a castle on the hill

Anadolu Kavagi/Anadolu Fortress

miniature of Anadolu Fortress

four sided drinking fountain

The Fountain of Ahmet III

miniature of the fountain of Ahmet the third

St. Antoines Church glimpsed through an arched gateway

St Antoine’s Church

minature of St. Antoines Church

grey tabby peeking through a fence

Galatasaray High School

iron work fence with large ornate fence

Blue Mosque

And, last, but not least, the Blue Mosque.

miniature of the Blue Mosque



  1. That matching up must have taken some time!

  2. So, it’s like Legoland?

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