The 129th model in Miniatürk: Maiden’s castle of Mersin province

The model of Maiden’s Castle, an ancient castle situated on a small island in Mersin province of Turkey, has been placed in Miniatürk as the 129th model in Turkey’s first miniature park of magnificent buildings and historical monuments. The Maiden’s Castle is known as the symbol of heritage tourism in Mersin and it is also listed on the UNESCO Tentative List of World Heritage Sites in Turkey.

The model was made with the generous contribution of the Union of Infrastructure Services for Mersin and Surrounding Touristic Areas (METAB - Mersin ve Çevresi Turizm Alanı Altyapı Hizmet Birliği). The model was opened on 29 January 2016. The ceremony was attended by Burhanettin Kocamaz, Mayor of Mersin Metropolitan Municipality, members of Mersin City Council, representatives of Mersin Central District Municipality, and Miniatürk’s Acting Director Halil İbrahim Topalcı.

Miniatürk gathers a considerable collection of models of miniature buildings from Hagia Sophia Museum, Selimiye Mosque, Roumeli Hissar Castle, Galata Tower to Sumela Monastery, the Dome of the Rock (Qubbat al-Sakhrah), and Ancient Ruins of the Commagene Kingdom at Mount Nemrut. The collection also contains the models of no-longer-existing historical buildings and monuments, including the Temple of Artemis, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and Ajyad Fortress. The architectural heritages of all ancient and medieval civilisations that once existed on the territory of Asia Minor and surrounding area, from Antiquity to the Byzantine Empire, from Seljuks to the Ottoman Empire, are all represented through their miniature models at Miniatürk.