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“An oasis”
Review of Caferaga Medresesi

Caferaga Medresesi
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$42.68*
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Classic Walking Tour of Old Istanbul
Ranked #70 of 1,088 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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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.

2  Thank STEFANOS P
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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 far back as the 11th century. After a little research I learned the best miniatures they make in Istanbul. When I arrived in the city started looking to find (of course I could not buy an old authentic miniature because I did not want to devote so much money) so i had to settle with something contemporary. In the guide book I had with me , I read about a school "Caferaga Medresesi" that is on the side of Hagia Sophia and had made by Mimar Sinan , was a major architect of the Ottoman Sultan Süleyman. The guide say there you can make lessons in calligraphy , miniatures , jewelry , etc. and you can buy that you wanted. Of course throughout the city are all of the above but you have to be careful to find something handmade , not print . Not to bore you, i found that i want a very beautiful mianiature by Inci Kerimoglou, its a lady about 70 years old (as a Graphic Designer and Painter for my taste her work it was the best). The Medresesi it is very beautiful with a nice patio so you can drink a nice turkish coffee, the stuff is very polite and very helpful. Of course before the "Caferaga Medresesi", is the Gallery that expose the artists of the school their artworks and from there you can buy. The gallery is operated by "Josh" Coşkun Uzunkaya, who is an artist and a teacher at the "Caferaga Medresesi". I highly recommend.

6  Thank LeonGr
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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 of a building try this out. we did the ebru class or Ottoman art of marbling and got to take home 5-6 pieces we did and a few much better ones done by the super passionate and adorable teacher.

5  Thank EstebanBR
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

The Caferaga Medresesi is a peaceful oasis in the heart of the busy and often touristic Sultanahmet. It is so worth a visit, whether you want to just sit down and relax for a moment in an old university environment and see how local art is done or take a look at authentic Turkish art in the gallery. The gallery is operated by the awesome Coşkun "Josh" Uzunkaya, who is an artist and a teacher at the art school. Seeing him demonstrate the art of marbling is by itself reason enough to visit. Highly recommended!

3  Thank Lotta A
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

We found this place after visiting Ayasofia. It's hidden behind buildings and hadrly found. Inside has old Ottoman time's air.
We enjoyed Turkish cofee and art crafts.

3  Thank Jolly K
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