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Istanbul: Mevlevi Sema and the Whirling Dervishes Show

Istanbul: Mevlevi Sema and the Whirling Dervishes Show

Activity provider: HodjaPasha Culture Center
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Likely to sell out Booked 14 times yesterday

See the stunning Mevlevei Sema ceremony in Istanbul. Known for its whirling dervishes and dances, enjoy a complex musical repertoire called ayin and go on a mystical journey representing man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to perfection.

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  • See an extraordinary dance show that dates back 800 years
  • Enter the HodjaPasha Culture Center, set in a restored 550-year-old Ottoman Turkish bath
  • Learn about the Mevlevi Sema spiritual journey
  • Enjoy a fantastic musical repertoire
  • Watch the miraculous whirling dervishes
Full description

Witness the Mevlevi Sema ceremony at the HodjaPasha Culture Center in central Istanbul and see the whirling dances and dervishes. Enjoy complimentary drinks during the show.

Step inside a 550-year-old Ottoman Turkish bath in Sultanahmet-Sirkeci and take your place. Learn more about the Mevlevi Sema from the provided booklet.

Marvel at this cultural dance that dates back 800 years. The program begins with a classical Turkish music concert. See the dervishes and sheikh take their place and praise the Prophet Mohammed.

Following the chant, hear the drum voice as the dervishes perform the seven-part Sema ceremony which represents the birth of humanity. The Sema ends with a Fâtiha for the souls of all prophets, martyrs, and believers, and a prayer for the salvation of the country.

  • Ticket to the ceremony
  • Program booklet
  • Complementary drinks
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 7 years
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Start your activity at Hocapaşa Culture Center, which is located about 100 meters from the Sirkeci Tram Stop.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Children under the age of 7 are not permitted
    • No disruption in the performance is permitted; taking photographs, talking during the ceremony, and applause are prohibited
    Customer reviews

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    4.3 /5

    based on 1378 reviews

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    Perfectly organized You should however know that this is not a show but an invitation to follow a meditative ceremony … although typical it has nothing spectacular except that of seeing 6 men put themselves in a hypnotic trance to turn on themselves It's breathtaking but not at all ideal for young people who will be bored there for lack of a break in rhythm

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    August 6, 2022

    Our guide was very knowledgeable and conveyed the history of each place we visited. Lots of breaks so that we can also explore the sites on our own. Amazing capacity and patience on his part to make it fun. I was amazed that we managed to see all that was advertised in a day. Note be ready to do lots of walking and maybe schedule spa for the day after, but it is all worth it.

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    July 28, 2022

    I found it to be a profoundly spiritual experience. Most of the negative reviews fail to grasp that it is NOT a show, but that instead we are given the opportunity to peer through a window in which we are forced to come to terms that our way of life is focused on having instead of on being, and is mostly devoid of meaning. My advice is to go there without expecting a loud tourist style show. Bring with you what you have done in your lives so far, and participate actively in the meditation. Allow yourselves to be entranced by the dancers and the music, and maybe the world will be better off because of the changes we make together after watching this.

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    July 23, 2022

    Product ID: 21283