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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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  • the Hagia Sophia, a small street called Conus, spring months can be cute. Ebru, hand line, e.g. such as courses, from time to time we raised the exhibitions of this course, you can also visit the student, Krishna Krishna odacik the gift of sinan the architect a.. We deserve a lot of tourists before native narcissus Zu'bi.
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  • Highly recommended historic building, with a very quiet interior courtyard where taking a typical Turkish tea while you know the local crafts. We found it by chance, and leave happy. They have workshops of Ebru (marble painting). When I told one of the artisans that I would have loved to make a workshop but that we started at the airport in an hour, very kindly taught me different canvases that he had painted using this technique and also took advantage of having a student to teach us in live how did it. He was super friendly and very attentive to give us this opportunity I will no doubt remember as one of the most beautiful and unforgettable this trip to Istanbul.
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  • Cafe with drinks but they also teach crafts etc on pottery its very quite but i heard they offer suitable courses for people willing to learn.  more »
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  • An old Ottoman school converted into handicraft center and a nice cafe. Good place to have a break for a reason, coffee or lemonade.
  • 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!
  • A great place to take a calm break
  • Nice
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