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Whirling Dervishes

Whirling Dervishes

Whirling Dervishes- Hodjapasha Culture Center



Near the mighty Hagia Sophia Basilica and the magnificent Topkapi Palace.  Hodjapasha Cultural Center is a delightful piece of the city’s striking cultural mosaic. Transformed from a large 15th-century hamam (Turkish bath). It now welcomes visitors under its high dome ceilings to showcase some of the best of this vast country’s traditions.

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—a truly unmissable and astonishing experience of music and moves.

Exhibition features Information displays about dervishes and their ceremony . Objects belonging to the world of dervishes such as clothing , musical instruments and personal tools , books. Also Interactive Rumi poems and sufi music samples,. Hyperrealist style dervish statues and Video shows are part of this unique exhibition.

Everyday at 19:00

  • Complimentary beverages are served before the show
  • Ask for your Free Multi Language Booklet.
  • Children under 7 years of age are not allowed
  • Adult: 22 USD – Child (7-12) : 16 USD
  • Photography is not allowed
  • Please be available at the theater 30 minutes before the show time .
  • Important Notice : Late comers  are allowed to enter the sema session first 10 minutes for the sake of peaceful ceremony. Booking of a visitors who come later than 15 minutes is  regarded as No-Show and the ticket price will not be refunded.
  • Our theater is not suitable for wheelchairs.

Whirling Dervishes  took their name from Jelaleddin Rumi (1207-1273), the mystical poet and great Sufi master, called Mevlana (our leader) by his disciples. Sufis seek a close relationship with God, and for Mevlana it was through chants, prayers, music and a whirling dance.

This ceremony (sema) can be witnessed by visitors just like you. Keep in mind though that although it may look a bit like a performance,.It is still a religious ceremony. Refrain from talking, leaving your seat or taking pictures with a flash while the dervishes are spinning.

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