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Istanbul International Solid Waste, Water and Wastewater Congress 2013
22-24 May 2013   |   Halic Congress Center - Istanbul - TURKEY

Social Program


The Istanbul3Wcongress 2013 gala dinner was held in a special tour boat in the evening of Thursday, May 23, 2013.

The gala dinner participants enjoyed to taste the unique Turkish cuisine whilst doing bosphours tour across the Bosphorus Bridge, connecting the European and Asian sections of the city. The attendees discovered panoramic views of the Beylerbeyi Palace, Ortaköy, Besiktas, Dolmabahçe Palace, Kizkulesi and many other historical places.



Istanbul3Wcongress 2013 had “Daily Life Water Culture in the Ottoman Empire” exhibition, the selection of pieces, wares for carrying water from spring waters, fountains and wells to houses, from “Adell Ab-i Hayat Water Collection” took part. Ceramic mugs and pitchers, buckets, marble and soil water cubes, fountains and bath faucets, pumps, healing bowls, tombak zemzem ewers and ewers, water-related goods used in the palace, cupper cup used by the son of Sultan Abdulaziz, Şehzade Seyfettin Efendi, at the age of 10, water receipts belong to Şehzade Yusuf Efendi and his family, water ewer written “Ortanca Ağaların su destisidir.” used in the harem by kadınlar agası, textiles as towels (peskir), water-related postcards, documents and gravures was exhibited for visitors in the congress.



The Congress participants had the opportunity to take a trip through Miniaturk, Panorama 1453 Historical Museum and Basilica Cistern in free of charge.


Miniaturk park contains 122 models done in 1/25th scale. 59 of the structures are from Istanbul, 51 are from Anatolia, and 12 are from the Ottoman territories that today lie outside of Turkey. The Miniaturk project is divided into three main sections. The sections are Anatolia, Istanbul and the former Ottoman territories. The sections are separated from one another by small landscape designs that ensure continuity by guiding visitors throughout their visit.

The park hosts icons of many cultures and civilizations. Models vary from the Hagia Sophia to Selimiye, from Rumeli Fortress to Galata Tower, from Safranbolu Houses to the Sumela Monastry, from Qubbat As-Sakhrah to the ruins of Mount Nemrut. In addition, some works that have not survived into the present, such as the Temple of Artemis, the Halicarnassus Mausoleum and Ajyad Castle, were recreated.

Miniaturk is the first destinations of the domestic and foreign tourists visiting İstanbul, and an ideal place for those, who wish to have a splendid tour around Turkey in a short time. In other words, "the showcase of Turkey!"

The Panorama 1453 Historical Museum

The Panorama 1453 historical museum which opens a door onto Istanbul’s history, is located across from the spot on the Topkapı-Edirnekapı ramparts where the siege occurred. The painting surrounding us measures 38 meters in diameter and covers an area of 2,350 square meters. In the area that remains between the audience and the panoramic picture, you can see the three-dimensional human figures and machines which cover a total area of 3,000 square meters. Eight different talented artists have contributed to the painting. 10,000 live models were employed in the project.

Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern, is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey. The cistern, located 150 m southwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. This cathedral-size cistern is an underground chamber approximately 138 metres by 64.6 metres - about 9,800 square metres in area - capable of holding 80,000 cubic metres of water. The ceiling is supported by a forest of 336 marble columns, each 9 metres high, arranged in 12 rows of 28 columns each spaced 4.9 metres apart.