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Caferaga Medresesi

Address: Across the street from Aya Sofia | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 2122593101
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Ranked #24 of 670 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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53 reviews 53 reviews
31 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

What an amazing experience. We came in here with a group of friends and all tried Ebru art. The walls are filled with traditional Turkish art and some are available for purchase. The individual in charge at the time was very attentive and kind even though we were a large group. He helped some people with the designs of our... More 

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is a cultural centre located in the Caferağa Medresseh which is a former medresseh, located next to the Hagia Sophia. It was built in 1559 by Mimar Sinan by orders of Cafer Agha. It consists of a series of small workshops around a courtyard down a series of steps. It also has a cafe and wonderful shop. If you... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We read the reviews about the Turkish art experience and decided to give it a try. It became one of the highlights of the trip. Josh was very friendly and give us a little tutorial on how to do the art; then he put on some classical music and let us give it a try. I found the experience to... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This was a good place to idly watch the different crafts and have a cup of tea. I imagine it is lovely in the summer. The gallery is interesting with a range of handicrafts and Josh is a true artist and performer who is passionate about his art.

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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Visit this interesting historic 400 year old university with cafè and traditional Turkish cultural arts you can observe or take part. Attached to the Medresse on the street is a Gallery where you can find examples of local artists work for sale and Josh wıll give you a demonstration or Ebru ( traditional Turkish marbling) a very interesting place right... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

In this hidden and calm street you will find a area filled with Turkish culture, and the atmosphere here is amazing. Me and my film-crew went here and met Josh. He is a great and kind Ebru-artist that showed us the possess of this craft, and we made a little film about him and Ebru painting. I'll let the film... More 

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Zanesville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Our group of 6 ate lunch here and afterwards had an art class in ebru painting with Coskun Ozunkaya. It was the best lunch we had in Istanbul. Not only was the food good, but the environment is a peaceful escape from the heavy tourist traffic. The ebru lesson with Coskun was amazing. He is a a brilliant artist, a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Hidden between the Hagia Sophia and the Basilica Cisterns is this 16th century oasis for artisans built by Sinan. The original dorms are now studios/ galleries surrounding a courtyard where you can escape for a quiet glass of tea. The quality of the Turkish crafts exceeds what you will find at the Bazaar. And the gallery at street side run... More 

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Torun, Poland
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I have spend there one wonderful evening - watching ebru creation. Although ebru art is a Turkish specialty, there are very few places where you can see how it is created and you can buy the work that you have seen made in front of your eyes. Go there with your kids, they will really enjoy the miracle of ebru... More 

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County Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

If you are looking for a real Turkish experience that dates back 1000 years then dont miss a visit to the Cafe Medresesi.For anyone who is interested in art or art making it is an unforgetable experience. I had seen reviews on trip advisor before I went and was so glad of reviews others had written as I would have... More 

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