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Whirling Dervishes Istanbul

Alemdar Mh. Incili Cavus Sk. No:19, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
+90 544 220 10 22
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The Ceremony is in the Real Monasteries near Fatih, Yenikapi, Silivrikapi and Galata areas where the local & the Sufi Community lives. We are the member of the community since the 90's and have a culture center in Sultanahmet. Every Mondays and Thursdays at 20:00 we meet in our place, give a little lecture about the ceremony and go to our monastery with our Car. Its an authentic Ceremony and not a tourist show like in Sultanahmet. The Duration is app. 2 hours with Zikr ( meditation ), Sufi Music & Dervish Ceremony. In the end of the ceremony we return back to Sultanahmet. The Dress Code is long Sleeves & you can take a few photos without flash and disturbing the ambiance. We only take limited number of guests soo please let us know in advanced.. You are all welcome in our monastrey..
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Alemdar Mh. Incili Cavus Sk. No:19, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
+90 544 220 10 22
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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

The experience takes place in an old Turkish bath on a back street. The information boards & exhibits are helpful to view before the show with a complimentary drink. The seating is in an arc around a central circle, slightly tiered. The show lasts about...More

Thank Rachel E
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

If you can appreciate focus and discipline go to this show. I don't know a lot about the Sufi's but the show is nothing short of spectacular. There is a lot of meaning to it that I still need to research. In short the ceremony...More

1  Thank drwalkerscott
Reviewed 12 March 2017

The long history of this wonderful religious experience is what made us book and see these oft quoted dervishes. The demonstration is long, very long. Mesmerising and spine tingling music accompanying the slowly graceful whirling is fascinating but also repetitive in its nature. If I'm...More

Thank sligo72
Reviewed 12 December 2016

This SUFI approach to spiritualism can help to view things from a different perspective. I think an experience can be enrich each one.

Thank WolfOfRock
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

I attended the show tonight. There is no aspect of the show itself that I would criticize, the booking was simple and the venue easy to find. However, I believe it's the audience that spoil it for someone who really wants to immerse themselves in...More

7  Thank Swalma
Reviewed 14 November 2016

We decided to attend the Whirling Dervish religious service the day before and our concierge was able to obtain tickets for us. It was an easy walk from our lodging near the Blue Mosque. The experience was unlike anything we had seen. There are rules...More

Thank 52packerfan
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

A very spiritual experience. I don't think young children will enjoy or understand this, and I think they might get bored. If you try to connect to the spiritual side of this dance ( no religion necessary) it is quite awesome. The foyer area is...More

1  Thank sonkoppie
Reviewed 23 May 2016

No I never watched the National Geographic documentary that profiled Turkey's whirling Dervishes and even though I have Sufi friends I must admit I never heard of their existence until I got to Istanbul. Long story short we were fortunate to find out about the...More

3  Thank VanessaPerumal
Reviewed 20 May 2016

We went to this service which is held once a week on Sundays at 5pm and we were lucky enough to be in town at the time and were curious to see what it was like. Surprised to see just how many people were there...More

Thank jerseykathyl
Reviewed 17 January 2016

You may have seen them on the TV or read the reviews and wondered if it was worthwhile. Do not spend too long thinking about it. Where else will you see this show? Book your tickets well in advance. your hotel will probably book them...More

5  Thank The_Review_Queen
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere
stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
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24 September 2016|
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Response from VanessaPerumal | Reviewed this property |
Most of the tourist offices sell packages. We paid 45USD or around there xx
Brigitte L
19 July 2015|
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Response from Baysa | Property representative |
please visit us in our office and we can give you the tickets..
19 May 2015|
Response from Baysa | Property representative |
it is in Les Arts Turcs in Sultanahmet