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Caferaga Medresesi

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Address: Caferiye Sk. Sogukkuyu Cikmazi No:5, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 2122593101
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Classic Walking Tour of Old Istanbul

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Hidden corner for tea, coffee, lunch, and chat. No alcohol. Traditional Craft shops and artisans around. look for marble paper work. Peace for midday -a break from the hassle of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2016
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Hidden corner for tea, coffee, lunch, and chat. No alcohol. Traditional Craft shops and artisans around. look for marble paper work. Peace for midday -a break from the hassle of the city.

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

Our stop here was a happenstance. We were on our way to Topkapi Palace Museum and stopped at the Caferaga Medresesi, Handicraft Center to see the marbled art that was on display. To our delight the artist in residence, Coskun, offered to demonstrate the way Turkish marbled art is made. Starting from a pan of water ending with a gorgeous... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

At the gallery in front of the Caferaga Medresesi meet Josh, who manages it. He is a talented marbleizing (Ebru) artist and calligraphy artist who is as warm a host as he is informational. There is beautiful artwork displayed and for sale. Stay around awhile and he will also show you how Ebru is made, stick around awhile longer and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

We had a quick stop over on our way back from holiday and stopped in to Caferega Medresesi. Our kids love visiting - I think this was our 4th or 5th time. Highly recommended! Coshkun is an awesome teacher and a great artist.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, I've always known the Sultanahmet area and its attractions, but my actual encounter with Caferaga Medresesi was when my mom started taking mosaic and ceramics classes. It has been about 4-5 years now and I've always loved going there, eating 'menemen' in the morning (it's delicious there), studying in its beautiful garden for hours, drinking countless... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

I loved my ebru (marbling) lesson. The teacher was friendly and was sincerely encouraging. His english was very proficient so I experienced no difficulty as an english speaker. The art for sale at the Madrasah was also high quality. I know that all the pictures and crafts were hand made because my friend's mother made some of them. If you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

We have been going to Caferaga Medresesi for over 20 years every time we are in Istanbul. We met Coskun when he was a young man managing the place. Over the years we watched him grow and mature into an extremely talented artist. He is a very modest guy who likes to host guests and demonstrate his art for them.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

My friend and I found this place by accident as we wandered around after seeing the Sultan Ahmed Mosque looking for lunch. The shop is full of beautiful art. There is a courtyard outside where someone was sitting and drinking coffee or tea. The proprietor was a lovely man who helped us look around and even held some things for... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Keep Turkish arts alive ! Right around the corner from the Hagia Sofia, and also the famous architect's Sinan's former school, here you can learn fading trades such as Ebru (Marbling), music, cuisine, ceramics, etc. Wonderful staff, especially Josh who helped me learn new Ebru printing techniques. Stop by for traditional food, tea and coffee and have a look around... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

Cafer Aga was the chief black eunuch of Sultan Suleyman. He was a great patron if art and got this building built during the 16th century as a school, next to the Hagia Sophia. The architect was none other than Mimar Sinan. Currently this building is owned by the Turkish Cultural Association. Art students are taught the arts of jewelery... More 

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