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Caferaga Medresesi

Across the street from Aya Sofia | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #29 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We took a break from our daily life stress. Away from everything, in a calm wonderful place with a fantastic soft music we had amazing time with Coskun Hoca who gave us techniques of drawing on the water (Ebru marbling work shop). Coskun Hoca is the best, he let us go free with our imagination and do a very nice... More

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La Coruna, Spain
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The place is beautiful, full of history and very central located. Its a great opportunity to learn about the traditional arts of Turkish culture! and Josh is a great ambassador for that. I strongly recommend the marbling workshop. Lots of fun and a terapheutic creativity freedom, accompanied with relaxing music in this wonderful scenery.

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Seattle, Washington
3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We stopped by the cafe first, which is a lovely, hidden little place with good treats. But we were there for the Ebru marbling class, and were not quite sure where to find it. You have to ask for Josh, and they will send you up the hill to the right place! Josh is a fantastic teacher. He gives you... More

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Vancouver, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I made a special effort to visit this place after reading the reviews on trip advisor. I loved it! It is an absolute must to visit for an art lover. Josh made me feel extremely welcome and showed me the special ebru technique of painting. He took me from the gallery to the studios and gave me a tour of... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Nice place to have breakfast, quiet and yet close to all the toeristic 'attractions'. Good place to get away from the crowds.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I went to caferaga with my friend for a workshop in Ebru or water marbling with Josh. After seeing so many great pieces of ottoman/ Turkish works in the mosques and museums it was exciting to do our own! Josh is a wonderful teacher who very patiently helped us make our paintings. He was even kind enough to present us... More

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New Delhi, India
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We discovered this on tripadvisor itself. It is not located on the main roads and is therefore hidden from the huge tourist population. Very calm and beautiful courtyard with art workshops all around. We did not eat anything here but came for a turkish coffee and some lemonade. Happy that we found it :)

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

The Caferaga Medresesi is an oasis in the touristic Sultanahmet next to Ayasofia. There is a nice coffee shop in the center and some Art workshops.

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Piraeus, Greece
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Having visited many Islamic countries, I always wanted to find and buy these of small paintings (called Miniatures) it was as usual in the Qur'an and depict scenes from the life of the sultans. This is the art of drawing very detailed paintings of social events while mixing watercolor with silver and gold. Origins of this art form date as... More

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San Francisco
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

anybody to Istanbul recently knows it is packed with tourists... we strayed off the massive lines in front of the Hagia Sophia and did an art class here with Josh. The place is so cute and authentic, if you have an artistic bone in your body and want to do something more interactive than staring at art or the inside... More

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