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Caferağa Medresseh

Caferağa Medresseh

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 Touristic center
Architectural description
Architect(s) Mimar Sinan
Architectural type Madrasah
Architectural style Islamic
Completed 1559;

The Caferağa Medresseh (Turkish: Caferağa Medresesi) is a former medresseh, located in Istanbul, Turkey, next to the Hagia Sophia. It was built in 1559 by Mimar Sinan by orders of Cafer Agha, a eunuch during the reign of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent (1520-1566). The medresseh, listed within the independent medressehs and having had a number of restorations until today, was changed by the Turkish Cultural Service Foundation in 1989 into a touristic 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 medresseh 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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