This segment of posting are more pictures of miniature buildings found in Miniaturk. Most of the miniature buildings have incredible details just like the real ones. It took us slightly more than an hour to go around Miniaturk. Although the day was bright and sunny, the temperature was around 18°.
For our return transportation to Sultanahmet, we choose the bus. It’s convenient as there is a bus stand in-front of Miniaturk. It’ll take about 40 minutes to reach Eminonu. Choose any of the no. 47 bus to Eminonu and then take a tram to Sultanahmet. Miniaturk brings an end to our holiday in Turkey as tomorrow we leave Istanbul for Dubai.
The last point of interest for our visit to Turkey before we head to Dubai tomorrow is Miniaturk. It is a miniature park situated at the shore of Golden Horn. Miniaturk is one of the world’s largest miniature parks with 15,000 m2 of model area containing models in 1:25 scale. It contains model structures from and around the country magnificently built and if seen from photograph looks real. The entry fee cost ₺10.
From Pierre Loti there is no direct route to Miniaturk thus we took a taxi costing ₺20. Miniaturk is somewhere across Pierre Loti. Although I’ve read in Tripadviser there is boat service from Eminonu to Pierre Loti to Miniaturk, all locals and bus drivers we asked are not aware of it.
Elevated view of Miniaturk.
No, no no. The highrise in the background are real life-size apartments.
Those cute & adorable kids with their adorable teachers. Ehmm.
Hippodrome in the foreground, the Blue mosque and in the background Hagia Sophia.
The Hamam besides Sultanahmet Park between Blue mosque and Hagia Sophia.
Cross section of the Basilica Cistern with the Medusa heads clearly visible.
Quick links : Bus to Pierre LotiTeleferik Today we have two places of interest to visit. Firstly is Pierre Loti, famous for its spectacular views over the Golden Horn. It is located in Eyup, about 6 kilometers from the Galata Bridge. To get there we took the tram from Sultanahmet and got off at Eminonu and then changed to a bus at the open-air bus station nearby.
You can take bus nos. 36CE, 44B or 99 (there are more) from Eminonu to Teleferik bus stop and the same to return to Eminonu. The only difference is the return route to Eminonu these different buses will take. Some may cross over to Galata side before reaching Eminonu. But eventually you’ll reach Eminonu. Once on the bus, you would want to get down at Teleferik bus stop. It’s about the 10th (please check) stop from Eminonu.
A cable car will take you up to Pierre Loti hill-top and the cable car station is just across the road from the Teleferik bus stop. The cable car ride is just a couple of minutes as the hill-top is only 55 meters above sea level. You also have a choice to walk up to the hill-top.
If you wish to go by ferry, you may want to read more here.
We’ve came to Pierre Loti for the views and that’s about all you get here. There is a well-known cafe you would want to enjoy your coffee or tea and the views of Golden Horn and the Halic bridge across it. There are also a few souvenir shops up the hill-top. Thereafter, if you’re still energetic enough, you can walk down to the cable car station instead. If you are on a tight schedule, you may want to skip this point of interest as it takes up a good portion of your time.
The open-air bus station at Eminonu.
Eminonu tram stop to Eminonu open-air bus station. Spice bazaar is nearby.
20 minutes from Eminonu, about the 10th stop, look out for Teleferik bus stop on your right to get down.
The cable car station to Pierre Loti is across from the bus stop. You can also chose to walk up.
The cable car has only two cabins each direction that sits 6 to 8 persons each. If you are unfortunate to be stuck in a queue, I foresee it could take you a while for your turn.
Cable car on it’s way up. Or is it going down ?
The cable car station below. Count the number of tourist buses below. No prizes given.
View towards Halic bridge from Pierre Loti.
View from another angle atop Pierre Loti.
The well-known cafe at Pierre Loti.
Enjoy the views as you sip your coffee or tea. Halic bridge in the background.
Tourist and locals at the cafe.
There must be a road leading to the hill-top if tourist buses can get here.