The Caferağa Medrese or Cafer Ağa Madrasa (Turkish: Caferağa Medresesi) is a former medrese, located in Istanbul, Turkey, next to the Hagia Sophia. It was built in 1559 by Mimar Sinan on the orders of Cafer Ağa, during the reign of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent (1520-1566).
The medrese was transformed by the Turkish Cultural Service Foundation in 1989 into a tourist centre with 15 classrooms/exhibition rooms, a big salon and a garden where traditional Turkish handicrafts such as calligraphy, ceramics, jewelry and so forth are taught, made and sold. It is now recognised as an important centre of Turkish classical arts, run by the Foundation for the Service of Turkish Culture. There is an annual exhibition at the end of each year where students of various classes (ceramics, mosaics, etc.) are given a chance to show case their works which are preselected by their teachers for this particular exhibition.
Faisal Chaudhry | Feb 17, 2018
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.
Arif Y. | May 25, 2017
An old Ottoman school converted into handicraft center and a nice cafe. Good place to have a break for a reason, coffee or lemonade.
Kendall Speten-Hansen | Nov 22, 2015
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!
Murat Aydin | Feb 16, 2016
A great place to take a calm break
Tahir Kaynar | Jul 4, 2016
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