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Caferaga Medresesi

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Address: Caferiye Sk. Sogukkuyu Cikmazi No:5 | Sultanahmet- Along the tram line by Aya Sofia, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 2122593101

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Amazing cultural experience

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Istanbul. Coscun (Josh) was a wonderful guide to the ancient arts that he practices, not to mention a hospitable and delightful host... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Istanbul. Coscun (Josh) was a wonderful guide to the ancient arts that he practices, not to mention a hospitable and delightful host. We left with two of his pieces which now hang proudly in our home. I would recommend this as a must-see attraction when visiting Istanbul.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I come to the ebru workshop every year as part of our tour. İt's always very enjoyable and the travellers really love the experience. Coskun is a wonderful character. His language is great and he also has great teaching skills. The workshop has got many artworks on display and a beautiful atmosphere. Definitely a must visit.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This is a quiet oasis in the heart of old town just around the corner from Hagia Sofia. Don't miss scheduling a lesson in Turkish marbling with Coskun (Josh). He is a warm and delightful person as well as an excellent instructor and artist in his own right. His shop is at the top of the street that leads to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

A splendid place for local art and handicraft in an old medrese building. There is also a little restaurant which offers tea, coffee and light meals. All in all a wonderful place to relax just opposite of Topkapi Sarail.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

My friend and I contacted the Madrasa by email in advance to organise an arts and crafts class (we found out about the classes via Tripadvisor and the official website). You can probably book face to face since the Madrasa is right by the Aya Sofya. We booked a marbling (Turkish: ebru) class and we're so glad we did because... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Lovely environment, perfect location, artistic, friendly and great service! I went there by chance hot stressful day and very busy in the area and this was a little oasis of peace...

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Kusadasi, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Cafeaga Madrasah, just behined St. Sophia, is a stop for having a short break in mystic atmosphere either to drink famous Turkish coffee cooked on wood-fire or to listen sufi music from Nay. The Madrasah-used to be the university in medieval ages in Islamic world-was restored about 20 years ago and it was rented to Turkish Culture Foundation to train... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

An amazing experience. A full tutorial and demonstration given and would definitely like to return again!!! Josh was so friendly and helpful. And asked us to return after 2 hrs to collect the paints after it dries. He even offered us tea.A great experience. The kids loved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Was in past this gorgeous place on our travels. A very traditional and stunning surroundings. The food is simple but absolutely delicious and so cheap. The service fast and very polite we will 100% be returning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Contrary to guidebook write-ups, the workshops that are offered are just 1.5 hours and are only for ebru (water marbling). But it is TERRIFIC! Coskun, who teaches the course, is very personable and speaks excellent English. He takes about 15 minutes to show you various techniques, then lets you create your own designs. At least when we were there, it... More 

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