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The Caferağa Medresseh (Turkish: Caferağa Medresesi) is a former medrese, located in Istanbul, Turkey, next to the Hagia Sophia. It was built in 1559 by Mimar Sinan by orders of Cafer Ağa, a Babüssade (tr) agha during the reign of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent (1520-1566). The medrese, listed within the independent medreses and having had a number of restorations until today, 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.
A great place to take a calm break
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!
An old Ottoman school converted into handicraft center and a nice cafe. Good place to have a break for a reason, coffee or lemonade.
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.