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Caferaga Medresesi, Istanbul

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Right in the city center, Caferaga Medresesi features exhibits of art and music and offers handicraft workshops. Completed in 1559, the building was designed by Mimar Sinan, one of the most prominent architects of the Ottoman Empire, and originally served as a religious school. Today the site hosts 15 halls decorated with works of students and Turkish artists. Here you'll be able to learn the basics of old calligraphic techniques or make traditional ceramic objects and simple jewelry. Sip on some tea or have a Turkish meal at the site, or purchase some colorful souvenirs. The gardens here make an excellent resting spot. Make Caferaga Medresesi a part of your Istanbul vacation plans using our Istanbul trip planner.
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  • Been consulted what the tourists get here how to get where I went the next day so I (knew where from), rain. It seemed deserted courtyard of the seminary was quaint. Courtyard table in Nice next season when the weather is nice: Chai, a drink and felt.
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  • Earlier on the TripAdvisor to see the Gafila Academy of Arts courses recommended, so it was listed as a Turkish trip must go to the place. The academy was very well positioned, near the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet) and the Hagia Sophia Cathedral, through a path with many lovely cats and went to the academy. Designed by Sinan, a master of Turkish architecture, this academy is full of historical heaviness, and learning here is a wonderful experience. After learning about the relevant courses to Josh, I chose to study Ebru, which should be the most famous course in Gafila College. Ebru is the traditional Turkish painting, in short, is to paint in the water, and then rubbing the water pigment on the paper. Josh showed me a few times. Ebru painting, I was shocked by this beautiful art, the water in the paint in the hands of Josh presents a wonderful change. After Josh's demo, I started painting myself, Ebru is very simple, but want to draw well or have a certain degree of difficulty, I was under the guidance of Josh to complete a few satisfactory pictures. I have to say, the process of creating Ebru is a wonderful experience, as if time has stopped, completely immersed in this beautiful art. At last Josh helped me dry the paintings and gave me some of his paintings. Study at Gafila College was the most wonderful part of my trip to Turkey. P.S Josh's English is very good, do not worry about communication problems.
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  • Had a super beautiful and memorable afternoon! This is a place for adults and children, there are many art studios, and everyone is friendly! My two children (3-5 years old) under the leadership of Josh, the first contact with the Ebru painting, play very happy! Five-Star recommendation the last one was Josh's work.
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  • An awesome hidden gem near many of Istanbul's most popular attractions. This is a arts school sponsored by the Turkish government, along with a small cafe/restaurant. Students make pottery, ceramics, calligraphy, and jewelry using traditional methods, and sell their pieces here! A great way to support local artists and see how they work. Definitely worth a visit while in Sultanahmet.
  • A great place to take a break in a calm environment. Just have a Turkish tea and look around.
  • An old Ottoman school converted into handicraft center and a nice cafe. Good place to have a break for a reason, coffee or lemonade.
  • good place
  • We had the pleasure of learning more about Caferaga Medresesi while recently in Istanbul. The staff was extremely friendly. A special demonstration was organized for us to see how one of the artists creates his marbling technique. Learning about all the various classes offered here made us commit to taking a class the next time we are in Istanbul. Swing by this lovely art oasis for a lovely experience when you are visiting Istanbul!
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