Caferaga Madrasa - Handicrafts Center

Caferaga Madrasa - Handicrafts Center

Caferaga Madrasa - Handicrafts Center
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Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
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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Senrawr8
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
What a cool center we came upon during a free walking tour. Very cool history and art. It is a good way to immerse yourself in a little more than just looking at things! Really enjoyed Josh! As we came during almost close and he welcomed us and treated us like friends. It’s a great learning center behind the Sophia that everyone should check out!!!
Written 15 June 2019
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susheesneeze
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
This place is a hidden gem in Istanbul and the best thing about it--beyond the shady courtyard, the small rooms full of handicrafts and artisans working away--is the opportunity to observe Josh doing Ebru. The art of Ebru or water marbling is magical; Josh has a tray in front of him, splashes color onto it, makes mesmerizing designs, and makes all this look easy, which it absolutely isn't. People burst into spontaneous applause when he's done. The man is also a gifted calligrapher, painter, and jewelry maker; he's generous with his time and will hand you your name in beautiful lettering with a flourish. This place is a must-visit for Istanbul. The staff in general are the most warm-hearted souls you will meet. I came back after three years and they remembered me and asked about my family and friends, all of whom they also remembered.
Written 13 June 2019
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enileceline
Chatillon, France7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
I met Coşkun with my travel group to learn how to make Ebru. It was very interesting and i woumd have liked to spend more time over there ! Then i came back with my husband and we spent time with Coşkun, talking about the different lessons they have in this place : ceramic, ebru, calligraphy, music etc ... this is so interesting and beautiful ! This is such a great place to spend time. It is very close to the Ayasofya but the place is isolated from the sound and crowd ! Go over there, you won’t be disappointed !

Çok teşekkür ederiz ;)
Céline ve Ersan.
Written 12 June 2019
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Departure811861
Germany872 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
There were hardly any visitors in Caferağa Handicrafts Centre when I was there. The shop assistants were not busy either. Ideal conditions to look at the buildings themselves and at the bust of the architect Sinan.
Written 1 May 2019
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Departure811861
Germany872 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
This hidden handicraft centre is very interesting and might seduce you to spend some money or to go in for ebru. Precondition: the artist must be there. Unfortunately this was not the case when I visited the place, so I tell you to find out when he is absent, and when not, before you go.
Written 20 January 2019
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Ema B
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
We were there to learn marbling. We did our marbling class with Coskun, who was very patient and supportive and gave us space to be creative. Feeling incredibly grateful for this chance - for me it was the first time I have ever done marbling. The atmosphere was so beautiful, the music was great and we were offered tea. Definitely something I reccomend to anyone who wishes to learn something new and relax in an inspiring way!
Written 28 May 2018
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Tetyana P
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
This is small and secret place near Hagia Sophia. Narrow street to which you even don't look through. But always remember : Usually the best is hidden not in a noisy tourist places, but in small narrow streets behind. If you will find that place, you will see how the Master creates his Miracle :) You will love that, I'm sure
Written 23 May 2017
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Mizze516
San Diego, CA5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
We visited twice! Once, we stumbled on this little side street , Caferiye Solak, next to the Hagia Sophia. First we discovered the gallery that show cased local art of marveling, calligraphy, jewelry and paintings. We met Josh who manages the Caferaga Medresesi, a Turkish Cultural Service Foundation, that houses classrooms that also display students' artwork for sale, a cafe, courtyard and gallery. You would never know in the midst of such hustle bustle there is this little oasis attainable through a stone pathway down to the courtyard. It's lovely. The second time we were there with our little tour group to lunch in a private room off the courtyard and absolutely delightful. The gallery has some beautiful works, one in calligraphy and delicate floral painting of which we fell in love with and had to have. If you are strolling and wish for an escape this is the place to search out.
Written 19 June 2016
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Geordiegirl_8
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK321 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
During my stay in Istanbul I went here everyday to relax, enjoy a mint tea or sherbet and sometimes some baklava. It is easy to walk past but there are also some wonderful handicrafts. Well worth a visit. I almost don't want to share it
Written 6 September 2015
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imrt2015
Mountain View, CA15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
If you're an art lover and haven't seen Turkish water painting, you have got to drop by. My jaw dropped when I saw the process in action - and then my daughter was taught the basic technique in a one hour lesson! Briefly, you start off w/water in a rectangular pan which is treated w/wax. Then you drop splotches of paint into the water, and divide and swirl them to form your desired pattern(s). At the end of it, you slide a piece of paper over the water, and all the paint is transferred onto the paper, which is then set to dry.

George is not only a very good artist in his own right, but also a good teacher to my daughter. As with the other reviewers, I truly enjoyed the setting of the 'old fashioned' workshop (with all the modern conveniences, like electricity and a/c) and then the opportunity to grab a quick bite to eat in the old Medrese afterwards.

See the pics to get a better idea. Note: the pics are out of sequence, sorry but the Tripadvisor upload UI is not the best. I put in #'s to denote the proper order of viewing.
Written 17 August 2015
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