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Caferaga Medresesi

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Address: Caferiye Sk. Sogukkuyu Cikmazi No:5, Istanbul, Turkey
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An oasis

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.

Reviewed 26 May 2014
Thessaloniki, Greece
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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Reviewed 26 May 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.

Piraeus, Greece
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 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... More 

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San Francisco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 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... More 

5 Thank EstebanBR
Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 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... More 

3 Thank Lotta A
Slidell, Louisiana
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 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
Yellowknife, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2014

We discovered this place out exploring Istanbul one day. We were greeted by Josh when we entered. We were with our two children age 7 and 10 who were very interested in the art Josh was working on when we arrived. Josh was great with the children, explaining the art technique and letting them try. They enjoyed it so much... More 

3 Thank Debbie M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2014

This is a really lovely place to visit away from the hustle and bustle and hassle of the more touristy places in Sultanahmet. The building is lovely, the people you will meet are absolutely delightful, and the vibe you get is invigorating as everyone passionately teaches or learns traditional art forms such as calligraphy, ceramic work, jewellery making and miniature... More 

2 Thank Catherine W
Malaga, Spain
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190 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2014

Maybe we expected more. It was not so easy to find. The place, an old madrassa is very nice around one patio, but it was all a bit abandoned and service and prices were high for what they offer. Nothing special at the end.

1 Thank santiago201011
Bogazkale, Turkey
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2014

Josh and his beautiful wife who were students and now accomplished artists/teachers made our visit to the gallery and workshop courtyard memorable and so so special. Josh willing demonstrated the art of marble art and created wonderful silhouettes of Sufis, calligraphy and tulips within seconds. He invited us to explore the courtyard where we dined and enjoyed the quietness and... More 

3 Thank Rene and Breda F
Moscow, Russia
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2014

My husband and I had an hour-long workshop of Marble painting with Josh. It was a real pleasure and pure fun. First we were a bit shy but Josh helped us to relax, being very inspiring and cheering us up all the time. We left Caferaga Medresse happy and full of joy, next day dropped in again to take our... More 

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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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