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Caferaga Medresesi

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Address: Caferiye Sk. Sogukkuyu Cikmazi No:5, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ebru lesson - A must do in Istanbul!!!!

Other reviewers have greatly described this place. It's a must have experience in Istanbul and I wish I knew it in the past. My wife, 8 years old daughter and I took an Ebru... read more

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22 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Other reviewers have greatly described this place. It's a must have experience in Istanbul and I wish I knew it in the past. My wife, 8 years old daughter and I took an Ebru marbling lesson given by the amazing Goskun (Josh), who was one of the best and most inspiring art teachers I've ever encountered. He speaks English fluently... More 

Thank KarimMasarweh
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stumbled across the peaceful caferaga medresesi courtyard, which is very close to the centre of the old town down a cobbled side street. I was lucky to be able to do an ebru class (traditional turkish paper marbling) with George teaching me, for 100TL (about £22), which seemed a bargain for the quality of the materials, teaching and the... More 

Thank Helen H
Stafford, Virginia
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46 reviews
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

It was a wonderful experience of something traditionally Turkish that you can take away with you that will not perish!!! Off beaten pass, something quite unique😄 My friend and I enjoyed our time here with Josh very much! While hands on trying to implement techniques that we've learned from him, we enjoyed making several "masterpieces" of our own. He was... More 

Thank juliad15
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 1 December 2016 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

Thank WisteriaCottage_2013
Steinkjer, Norway
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45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016 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 

1 Thank orkenvandrer
Istanbul, Turkey
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5 reviews
Reviewed 9 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.

Thank gulay643
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

1 Thank Tim B
Lake Forest, California
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3 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank jbcinoman
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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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