The Arts Society Haslemere

Formerly known as Haslemere
Decorative & Fine Arts Society

VISIT TO ISTANBUL: 10th – 14th MAY, 2010

In May, Sarah Barnes organised another successful visit abroad for a group of 36 HDFAS members who travelled to Istanbul for three full days of visits to Turkey's bustling capital city. The group stayed in the Barcelo Saray Hotel in the centre of Istanbul and travelled around the city by coach, visiting all the important sights, by boat up the Bosphorus and by cable car to Pier Loti. Apart from a greater understanding of the history of Istanbul, members of the group returned to the UK with souvenirs which included several carpets.


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Thanks go to Alan Stephenson, Anna Hawtree, Chris Lunnon, Rosemary Brodie and Sheila Carr for contributing their photographs.

The first day was spent exploring the Sultanahmet District in the old city and included tours of the Blue Mosque and the church of Haghia Sophia. After lunch a visit to St Saviour Chora was followed by a cable car trip to Pierre Loti to appreciate a spectacular view of the Golden Horn.

Mosque by Chris Lunnon Hippodrome by Anna Hawtree Pierre Loti by Alan Stephenson

Day two included a tour of the Asian part of the city and a cruise on the River Bosphorus. After lunch in the Sariyer area the afternoon was spent in the Spice Bazaar.

Boat trip by Alan Stephenson Trip up the Bosphorus by Chris Lunon Spice Bazaar by Rosemary Brodie


The third day began with a visit to Topkapi Palace, including the recently renovated Fruit Room in the Harem. This was followed by a tour of the Underground Cistern built in the 6th century and a visit to the Covered Bazaar, the oldest and largest in the world.

Harem in Topkaki Palace by Sheila Carr Underground Cistern by Anna Hawtree Street scene by Chris Lunnon


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