Caferağa Medresseh

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Caferağa Medresseh
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Panoramic view of the courtyard of the Caferağa Medresseh
Basic information
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Geographic coordinates 41°00′35″N 28°58′44″E / 41.00964°N 28.97883°E / 41.00964; 28.97883Coordinates: 41°00′35″N 28°58′44″E / 41.00964°N 28.97883°E / 41.00964; 28.97883
Affiliation Islamic
Status Tourist center
Architectural description
Architect(s) Mimar Sinan
Architectural type Madrasah
Architectural style Islamic
Completed 1559;
457 years ago
 (1559)

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,[1] 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.

The medrese is located very close to the Hagia Sophia, stairs lead down to it from the small street. The structure is entered through the main gate which leads into the inner courtyard, around which the former learning rooms are located. There is a restaurant inside that offers a variety of Turkish dishes.

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