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Caferaga Medresesi

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Address: Caferiye Sk. Sogukkuyu Cikmazi No:5, Istanbul, Turkey
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Caferaga Medresesi ve Coskun Uzunkaya

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... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2016
new york, ny
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new york, ny
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Reviewed 6 May 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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Reviewed 26 April 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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Reviewed 6 April 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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Reviewed 21 March 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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Reviewed 13 March 2016

The quality of the craftsmanship is very high and the prices fair. We were made to feel very welcome but not all pressurised. We bought some lovely presents but were able to relax and were even gifted a calligraphy page of our name and given a glass of tea. I warmly recommend it. Quality without pressure. Someone was taking a... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed 13 March 2016

I took an Ebru painting class at the Caferaga Medresseh during my visit to Istanbul. I chose this place because it's cultural foundation. The entire experience was a true highlight of my trip to Istanbul. The teacher explained a few things about the art of Ebru painting, I would have liked more background information about this art. The rest of... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 February 2016

The former classrooms are now filled with pieces of craftwork on sale: ceramics, calligraphy, paintings where you can browse without hassle. Enjoy a coffee in the shade. Art and craft classes are still held in the main hall. Designed by Sinan

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Reviewed 30 January 2016

We found this accidentally while being nosey and once you go down a cobbled street, a beautiful doorway draped in vines leads you to this amazing cafe with few tourists.

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Lima, Peru
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Reviewed 17 January 2016

This is a small place very near Aya Sofya mosque and was built by the famous Mimar Sinan. It used to be a medrese (school) and is now home to a cafe as well as a workshop for teaching ebruli (drawing on the water) and is great during the summer because it never really gets hot there!

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Reviewed 10 January 2016

We were walking down an alley behind Aga Sofya and stumbled across this historic building. Built by the famous architect Sinan, the former school went up in 1560. It now belongs to a cultural organization that promotes and teaches Turkish handicrafts, such as ebru (paper marbling). The school rooms have been turned into studios, where artists work and sometimes hold... More 

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