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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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Fantastic course and great fun

We saw the marbling course in a brochure from our hotel - we dropped by and Josh was free to do a course with us! Make sure you go into Josh's building on the actual street, not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

On our 2nd day in Istanbul, 24th February 2015, after visiting Istanbul Archaeological Museums we visited Caferaga Medresseh at 4:02pm, opened in 1559, it consists of a series of small workshops around a courtyard where pottery, paintings and small gifts are being made and you can purchase them as well. It also has a cafe. We just took a round... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We saw the marbling course in a brochure from our hotel - we dropped by and Josh was free to do a course with us! Make sure you go into Josh's building on the actual street, not down the laneway to the crafts centre. Josh was very friendly, after doing a demonstration for us we spent 2 hours doing some... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

My 5 yr old had a blast doing water painting (Erdu) , and this was the only fun activity for her , Little kids not really into history and old buildings. Josh was really kind and took good time to give her painting lessons, we took home a few paintings done by my daughter. Will definitively visit again and highly... More 

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Stalybridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I had read about Caferaga Medresesi on Tripadvisor and really wanted to try out the paper marbling. Coskun

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This area has classes for learning local art. Demonstrations were also available. The ebru (paper marbling) demo was fantastic. I wished we had time for a class, but the only day we were free, was booked up. It is worth finding this out of the way place, very near to the Blue Mosque and Topkapi palace.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We stumbled in this store on the recommendation of a tourism officer near the cisterns. I love that this store supports local art and local artists. Josh was so kind and welcoming and did a demo of the marbling painting, he was even kind enough to write our names in calligraphy. Very great find - if you're interested in local... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Our group did two ebru lessons while we were in İstanbul. Our lesson wıth Coşkun was fantastic! He was gracious, inspiring, helpful, and also let us be creative and do our own thing. He created a wonderful ambiance that made us want to create beautiful art. Our whole group loved our time with Coşkun. I highly recommend taking an ebru... More 

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Conception Bay South, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We read about the paper marbling art classes at Caferaga Medresesi in the National Geographic guide book. It sounded like the perfect diversion for our family - and indeed it was. It was a little difficult to find at first, but worth the search. We did not have an advanced reservation, but the helpful person in the office offered us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

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

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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