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It wasn't our first stop in Istanbul, but it's a great place to get a taste of architecture in Istanbul, Anatolia and Ottoman territories outside of Turkey.  The 1:25 models are built to astonishing detail with attention given to the aging of different materials and scaled surroundings.

It's a nice location where the surrounding hills offer an attractive frame for the content.  There are many places where you can view the scenery in the distance as an extension of the model on display.  This place illustrates the high level of pride locals have for their heritage - something I saw quite clearly throughout our trip.

It wasn't just the historical places and buildings.  Some modern places were also featured - presumably for the role they play in Istanbul's present and and its future.

Website: Miniatürk

Reader Comments (4)

Wow thats just amazing! Last time I was in Turkey was in 1998! I know it has changed drastically since then! Fantastic photographs!

July 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

Breathtaking views! It took me a couple of seconds to figure out that I was looking at scale models. I initially thought you were experimenting with tilt shift photography. :)

July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMathai

The background views and the detail in the models is what inspired me. It is really beautifully presented. No tilt shift yet :)

July 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterBuYousef

I love Turkey..The first pic is the place I went with my wife and when we got back we reliased an Indian movie song was shot there too :D

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmu

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