I was discharged from the hospital in the old city of Istanbul, Turkey. Well, this academy also has history. Although she is not well-known, I think it is also a place with history and stories.
This academy was actually not on our itinerary, just passing by, and then I didn’t know where it was, so I checked it on the Internet. The academy is not very big. We went around quickly.
It is a good place to experience the hand-painted art of local artists. I came here by accident. The hand-painted items belong to the traditional art of Istanbul. You can also have lunch here at noon.
Though it admittedly caters to groups more than to independent travelers, the Cafer Aga Medrasa has taken an old style traditional school house and converted it into a modern means of conveying Turkish culture. Classes are available in handicraft making or cooking, or you can just stop in for a coffee or tea at the lovely courtyard tables. The staff are quite friendly and welcoming as well, and with it being just downhill from the incredibly popular Hagia Sophia there are few reasons not to give it a visit!
A lot of books, all types, very complete