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Caferaga Medresesi

Across the street from Aya Sofia | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #30 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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County Cork, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Bergen, Norway
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

The marbling (Ebru) workshop must be recommended to everyone who wants to do something outside the box of usual touristic attractions. You will learn something unforgettable about the Turkish culture. The gallery is a very special place filled with beautiful objects and paintings. Spending your time there will be one of the best moments of your trip. Coskun is a... More

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johannesburg,south africa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Accidentally stumbled on this beautiful courtyard with a bust of Mimar Sinan and some pretty art studios as well as a cafe. Took 10 minutes to explore but was well worth visiting after seeing sights of Sultanahmet. Relaxed ambience.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

On a street along side Aya Sophia is a delightful gallery featuring all manner of Turkish crafts but highlighted by a master of paper marbling. You can watch the miracle transference of swirled and dotted colored paints in water to a graphic design on paper. If you are in Istanbul Josh will even do special events featuring his ancient craft... More

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Oman
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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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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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
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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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