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The mystery of the Bosphorus

Exhibition of vintage postcards

The Malta Postal Museum and Arts Hub, together with the Turkish Embassy, is hosting an exhibition of vintage postcards depicting the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn during the turn of the 20th century.

These early specimens hail from the personal collection of Turkey’s Ambassador to Malta, Reha Keskintepe, and show the heart and soul of Istanbul during the last decades of the Ottoman period.

The sloping shores that flank the Bosphorus, various costumes, street vendors, palaces and other prominent landmarks bear witness to a city in the throes of development – a forerunner to today’s bustling metropolis.

A brief lecture by Aylin McCarthy on the history of Istanbul as it relates to the postcards will precede the exhibition and will be accompanied by early 20th-century footage obtained from the Turkish Ministry of Culture.  This will be followed by a reception.

The exhibition opens at the Malta Postal Museum and Arts Hub, in Archbishop Street, Valletta, tomorrow at 7pm. Seating is limited, however if you wish to attend the event contact the MPM on 2596 1750 or via e-mail on [email protected]. The MPM is open daily from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.

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