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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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Had a great 2 days learning how to draw tradition decoration, with local students, I can not speak Turkish but they all made me feel very welcomed and the touter spoke excellent... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Wyberba
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great 2 days learning how to draw tradition decoration, with local students, I can not speak Turkish but they all made me feel very welcomed and the touter spoke excellent English . The place has a vibe of its own, so if you are interested it a place to come

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Steinkjer, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A small, discrete sign on our way to the carpet-museum triggered our curiosity. Realising,as we popped by for a quick look-see, that there was also a cafe in the courtyard, we decided to have our lunch for the day. Boy, am I glad we did!?! The "manti" (dumplings/Turkish ravioli) was exquesite, our host (sorry, forgot your name - a skilled... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 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 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 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 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 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 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 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 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 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 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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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