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#About the Huge "Mini-Turkey," with Smaller Models of Turkey and Istanbul

Miniatürk on the north-east coast of the Golden Horn in Istanbul, is the largest miniature city in the world. As expected, a variety of miniature models of Turkey's main attractions, both present and past, are presented here.

In fact, it is a miniaturized park spread over a vast area of ​​60,000 meters. The exhibits you see here are on a scale of 1:25. Viewing area in the park takes up a quarter of the place (about 15,000 meters), in thinking for the future, the park left a lot of room for building additional exhibits.

This impressive miniature park features 105 models of central buildings and places in Istanbul and throughout Turkey. Next to them are quite a few models from areas that are now outside Turkey, but were previously included in the Ottoman Empire.

It's very interesting to see the historical exhibits for buildings that no longer exist, in the past stood here and some even included in the Seven Wonders of the World. Among them you will find the mausoleum of the Lycarnesus, today in the Bodrum region of Turkey and the temple of Artemis in Greek Ephesus, is the Turkish Epsis of our day.


In the park there is a train that runs between the exhibits.

Young children can play at the playground facilities and in the children's maze.

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Faruk Yaln Zoo
Faruk Yalçın Zoo and Botanic Park
#About Istanbul's Zoo

Faruk Yalçın Zoo and Botanic Park is one of the main family attractions in the city of Istanbul. Here you can pass hours of fun for the whole family, with mammals, reptiles, birds and more. You will experience great pleasure here from healthy disengagement from the urban hustle and bustle of the big city.

There are two tickets needed here - one for the zoo, and one for the Botanic Park. At the botanic park you can come face to face with many fauna and flowers from around the globe. Some of them will be in big open spaces, and some will be in closed green houses.

The zoo is located 45 kilometers outside the city, towards Izmir. There is a variety of exotic animals, well-known and loved, and beautiful gardens of flowers and and playgrounds.

Expect for the wide variety of animals, kids can go to the petting areas and get to pet different farm animals.

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Caddebostan Sahili
Caddebostan Coast
#About Istanbul's Favorite Beach

Caddebostan Coast (Caddebostan Sahili) is a long stretch of beach, about a kilometer, where anyone can enjoy swimming or sunbathing. During the day the beach offers all the typical things, like chairs, umbrellas, lifeguards, eateries for food and drink.

The beach is surrounded by ancient wooded houses, and the grass here is green. It is also really nice to visit in the afternoons and evenings. Istanbul's residents love this place, nothing better than sitting here on a warm summer night.

If it's a picnic on the grass, volleyball on the sand, or a walk or a run - this is a wonderful way to spend an evening. One of the nice things is that you can see the Prince's Islands in the distance.


Trying getting here by sunset, and bring some snacks and drinks with you for a calm Istanbul-like evening.

Near the parking lot is a supermarket, where you can buy anything you need.

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# A View from Above:

Galata Bridge
Galata Bridge
#About the World's Biggest Draw Bridge

Galata Bridge was built in 1994 above the Bosphorus and is considered one of the best vantage points of the city. It is the largest draw bridge in the world.

Galata Bridge reveals a wonderful view of the Istanbul skyline, paved with minarets and churches. It is an exciting urban landscape, one of the oldest and most impressive cities in the world and undoubtedly one of the most inspiring and historic ones in the world. If in the past the city authorities charge residents a half-tax, today you can view from here in the landscape free of charge.

The current bridge is not the first one built here. Plans to bridge the Bosphorus were made in the city as early as the 15th century. Leonardo da Vinci was in charge too, and Michelangelo was also invited to design such a bridge, but rejected the request.

The first bridge was finally built here, only in the middle of the 19th century. Various bridges have been built here, all of them connected between the old city of Istanbul and the newer neighborhoods on the other side. Five bridges were built here.

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Attractions for Children in Istanbul

Topkapi Muzesi Sarayi
Topkapi Palace
#About the Sultan's Palace, As it Appears in the Arabian Nights

Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Muzesi Sarayi) is a large and impressive palace, that between the 15th to 19th centuries served as a residence for the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. It is located in the Sultanahmet district of the Old Town, on the European side of Istanbul. It is one of the most fascinating palaces in the world.

At its peak, some 5,000 people lived and worked in the wonderful Topkapi palace. Its name means "palace of the cannon gate," because the gate with the same name that faces the Bosphorus is located next to the palace.

For 400 years the palace served as the official palace of the Ottoman sultans. The magnificent palace is adorned with wonderful tiles and beautiful mosaics, laden with rich gold ornaments, precious gems and exquisite diamonds.

In the 19th century it was also the administrative center of the entire Ottoman Empire. The various buildings were designed to serve the needs of the empire and those of the Sultan and his family.

The popular part of Topkapi is the Harlem. This is the "palace" where the family lived. This building is 300 rooms and the one that stands highest. This is the region where the Sultan lived, alongside his wives and mistresses. "Haram" in Turkish means "forbidden," since the area was forbidden to enter for anyone who was not the Sultan and his family. By the way, what the Sultan did here, we will not say, but whoever ruled the harem was... his mother!

Today, the Topkapi Palace houses a monarchy museum, showing the sultans' treasures, weapons and a host of precious objects left behind. There are also great museums, such as the archaeological museum with ancient artifacts from Istanbul and the city of Constantinople, the Byzantine capital that preceded it.

#What Do you See Here?

Inside the palace you will see an extensive park, a number of courtyards and various buildings, some of which are contemporary museums. There is also a church from the Byzantine period.

Inside the Topkapi Palace, you can see a host of interesting things, from the magnificent collection of royal jewels, through diamond-encrusted crowns, a host of precious stones, fancy costumes, ancient sultanate weapons, a canopy and diamond chairs.

Take note of the huge palace kitchen, where 20,000 meals were prepared each day for the residents and guests of the palace. Pay attention to the Chinese china, the belief here was that in the case of poisoned food - their color will change.

See the "Diwan" in which the Imperial Council was convened, the one with whom the Sultan consulted on his decision-making and the administration of the mighty Ottoman Empire.

In addition, you will also see a large Ottoman-style library, an impressive banquet hall and more. From the windows of the huge palace you can see the Sea of Marmara and the city.

After seeing the vast collection of dishes in the palace, with more than 15,000 Chinese porcelains, look for the karatishki diamond weighing 86 carats!

From the balcony of the palace you can look, just like the sultans in the past, to the Bosphorus, the ancient city walls, the 1300-year-old walls, and the houses of the surrounding Old Town.

There are four main courtyards in the palace, including a variety of buildings, which were then intended to serve the needs of the empire, the 4,000 inhabitants of the palace and the Sultan family:

The first courtyard includes an extensive park with the local ticket office. On the left is the church of Aya Irini, preserved here from the Byzantine period. The entrance gate to the museum is also the gate that separates this courtyard from the second courtyard.

The second courtyard includes the palace kitchens and the china and glass display. Next to them are the entrance to the women's harem and the Imperial Council Hall.

The third courtyard - the library, the treasury of the famous diamond, the costume hall, the reception room and the hall of the sacred remains.

The fourth courtyard - the Baghdad House, the prayer room, the doctor's house and an expensive restaurant, with a magnificent view.

#History of the Palace

Topkapi Palace was built in the 15th century by Sultan Mehmet II. It was then used as the administrative center of the strong Ottoman Empire.

The palace, which is actually a large complex, with 4 main courtyards and several buildings, was designed and developed to be a "city within a city." It continued to serve as the Sultan of Turkey, expanded, burned, restored and abandoned when the Sultan moved to the Palace of the Dolmabachs in the 19th century, which he built for himself as a more modern and fashionable European palace.

In the 20th century, the palace became a historical museum, displaying various aspects of life in the Ottoman Empire, with an emphasis on its sultanate and nobility. The museum exhibits Ottoman royal jewelry, along with archaeological artifacts and ancient treasures. There is also Pavillion, the most sacred pavilion for Muslims, showing the remains of the Prophet Muhammad, his teeth and hair, as well as the remains of some of the caliphs that accompanied him and continued him.


A ticket for a guided tour of the "Hermon", home to 600 Sultan's wives, concubines, princes and other members of the Sultan's family, must be purchased separately.

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Rahmi M Koc Museum
Rahmi M. Koc Museum
#About Istanbul's Transportation Musuem

The Rahmi M. Koc Museum in Istanbul is an impressive museum for vehicles and the history of transportation.

The museum includes ancient carriages, locomotives and trains, some of which were still used by the Ottoman sultans. It also features miniature models of trains and various accessories and means from the world of trains and its history.

Alongside them is a large collection of other transportation vehicles. Among them you can see historical tools and transportation from the last few centuries, including carriages, cars and models of cars, ships, planes and even submarines.

There are over 1,000 items here. It is interesting to see among them the blue, personal and luxurious train used by the Turkish Sultan in Ottoman Turkey.

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