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Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi
Ranked #50 of 1,156 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 31, 2014

During my visit to Istanbul, I patronized Corlulu Ali Pasha daily, every morning before exploring the city, and returning at night to continue soaking up the atmosphere.

Tucked in an old cemetery and a former religious school, Corlulu Ali Pasha is today home to a few cafes serving nargile (sheesha) and beverages: Turkish coffee, apple tea etc.

You may think that you came to the wrong place after seeing tombstones near the entrance. But once you've passed the archway, it's like entering a Genie's palatial home inside a magic lamp. Turkish rugs adorn the walls, various fragrance of nargile waft through the air, and colorful lamps hang on the ceiling casting a warm and mystical mood.

There was a resident mother cat and her kitty during my visit. The manager told me that the mother cat had lost the rest of her litter with only one remaining. I hope they are still together.

Thank KTalib
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

As a citizen, this is the place where I felt most the atmosphere of the old Istanbul. When I was a student at Istanbul University, this was the place we had our turkish coffee or tea after the classes; you can also try Nargile if you're interested. Walking from Sultanahmet to Beyazıt you can see the entrance at the right side.
Nothing attractive, you should enter, seat, order your drink, watch the people, little authentic shops around, smell the air, listen the voices and feel like surrounded by the ottoman merchants who brought their goods through silk road to the grand bazaar :)

1  Thank jpsartre
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Reviewed May 14, 2014

There is a small cemetery across Pierre Lotti hotel, this is rest place of Ahmet Tevfik Pasa the last Grand Wazir of Ottoman Empire. Should take out some time to visit.

Thank mwm749
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

Çorlulu Ali Paşa Medresesi is a great place to relax, enjoy nargile, and sip çay and kahve. Wander through the archway into a space with seating, Turkish rugs, hanging lamps, and people of all ages talking, smoking, and enjoying their time. A resident momma cat and her kittens were also wandering around the open air space.

The atmosphere is difficult to describe. The clientele appear to be mostly Turkish, although quite a few European tourists also wandered in. Of all the cafe spaces I visited in Istanbul, Çorlulu Ali Paşa Medresesi could be described as the most able to transport you to a different time. If you're not looking specifically for it, you may miss it, even though it is located in the heart of Sultanahmet.

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Reviewed May 13, 2014

While in Istanbul we wanted to smoke shisha of course as we like it a lot! We asked a few people on the street and they recommended this place to us and we just loved it! It was exactly what we were looking for. Even if it is very famous, there were only a few tourists, all the other people there were local and this is what we liked the most because it made us feel that we were really part of another culture. The decoration is very traditional, the ambiance is just turkish and the staff tace good care of you. We tried the orange nargile flavour and we were not disappointed! In addition, the prices are awesome. We took one nargile and 6 glasses of tea in total and we payed 2 tl each!!! Just don't miss it! Oh and if you're staying near Haya Sofia it is a 10 minute walk from there!

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