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Istanbul: Live Whirling Dervishes Experience

Istanbul: Live Whirling Dervishes Experience

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card
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Go on a spiritual journey and watch the mystical ritual of the Mevlevi Order in a historical venue. The Sema ceremony is a journey through man’s spiritual ascent to perfection through mind and love, do not miss this experience of music and motion!

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Duration 1 hour
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  • Witness a performance containing 800-year-old mystical roots
  • Enjoy the live musical introduction of Mevlevi music
  • Watch a performance in the famous old city
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The Sufi Ceremony is a transcendental performance by Sufi Dervishes, also known as Whirling Dervishes. It is referred to as "Semah" in Turkish. You can embark on a spiritual journey and watch the mystical ritual of the Mevlevi Order, whose whirling dance has been declared a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity. The Sema ceremony is a journey through man’s spiritual ascent to perfection through mind and love. do not miss this experience of music and moves. A Dervish is a Sufi, member of the Mevlevi Order. A Sufi is a mystic that seeks to find divine truth and love directly with God. Sufism is the centuries-old stream in Islam for the followers of 13th-century poet Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi from Konya, Turkey. He is mostly known for the themes of acceptance and tolerance in his teachings and poetry. The community of Sufism developed religious practices focusing on self-control that enable both mental and mystical insights as well as a loss of self, with the ultimate goal of mystical union with God.

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    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
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    • You must bring your own headphones

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    Meeting point

    The activity takes place at Hodjapasha in Fatih/Istanbul.

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    • Complete silence is expected during the ceremony
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    4.2 /5

    based on 191 reviews

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    I saw the whirling dervishes on tv when I was young and when I decided to visit Istanbul I knew this was something I really wanted to do. The performance is set in a beautiful subterranean space aglow in soft blue lighting that also serves as a restaurant. Also, due to COVID, the restaurant is temporarily closed. The show itself is mesmerizing and I was amazed that the dancers could spin so fast and for so long while staying in one place. The music accompanying the dancer’s routine is quite beautiful. One thing I would have enjoyed is a bit of commentary before the performance on the history of the dervishes.

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    November 23, 2020

    Mesmerising experience

    It was such a beautiful experience. The music was mesmerising and watching the whirling dervishes was transcendent. I just wish people wouldn’t applaud during and after the ceremony. It felt wrong to me since we were just privileged to witness their spiritual practice. It didn’t feel like they were doing it for us, which I loved. I highly recommend this experience.

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    October 14, 2019

    Wonderful performance of whirling dervishes and acompanying instrumental group! A tasty welcoming glas of tea. We were sitting in rather uncomfortable chairs around the improvised podium. Motivated performers and we were astonished by their endurance! Wish there was an interpretur in the begining of the show who could explain the background of this performance/prayer! Good value for money

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    October 13, 2019

    Product ID: 207636