Miniature Park ‘Miniakıbrıs’

The miniature park “Miniakıbrıs,” which puts the miniature models of a total of 15 historic buildings belonging to the Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman periods on display in the Turkish Cyprus, takes its visitors to a journey through time. The Miniakıbrıs, whose project was prepared by Tatlısu Municipality Mayor Ahmet Hayri Orçan, is a first in Turkish Cyprus.
The miniature models of the historic buildings such as Kyrenia Castle, the Selimiye Mosque in Nicosia, Hala Sultan Dervish Lodge in Larnaca, Derviş Pahsa Mansion and Apostolos Andreas Monastery are displayed in the open air site.
The site is small but very nicely laid out and the models are really well constructed. On the site is also the 12th century church of Panagia Pergminiotissa which has been preserved and also shows exhibits of icons, local flora and other items of days gone by. There is still a small amount of frescoes to be seen in the church which has a domed cylindrical apse.
The miniature buildings, which are created by sculptors Uğur and Necmiye Özşengül from Çorum attract the interest of both local and international tourists in Turkish Cyprus. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Tatlısu Municipality Mayor Orçan said that he was inspired to realize the Miniakıbrıs project after he visited Miniatürk in Istanbul.