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Whirling Dervishes Istanbul

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Address: Alemdar Mh. Incili Cavus Sk. No:19, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 544 220 1022
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Ceremony is in the Real Monasteries near Fatih, Yenikapi, Silivrikapi...

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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Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha

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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 the spirituality of the performance. Some people spoke and laughed quite loudly until more than... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 against photos but several people near us were abusing this. It is not the way... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 absolutely worth spending time in - the information on the 'how and why' is just... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 performances of the Istanbul Whirling Dervishes performe at Hodjapasha a Theatre in Istanbul. If you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 and it started off very slowly, lots of speeches in Turkish and music before the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 for you. Not cheap, but a world renowned attraction so what do you expect? The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

This was the highlight of my stay it is so relaxing with the music which hits you right in the heart it is a sound which is at one with your inner self, and the dancing is mesmerising. This is a religious performance they use this dance to be at peace and they generate so much love and peace to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016

The whirling dervishes experience was less spectacular than I expected, but it was a great experience to see the dancers.The ceremony has a religious background and the dancers were clearly in tune with the spiritual aspect. It felt peaceful.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

To be clear, I didn’t really get to see the Dervishes at Istanbul, but I feel my attempt could be of interest. For starter, I visited Mawlawi House Museum in Istanbul. So my interest in seeing Dervishes is genuine and I felt/feel seeing Dervishes is a must while visiting Turkey. However my attempt to see them in Istanbul tells me... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015

I feel a little dumb, because the other travelers in my group apparently knew what to expect - but this show is literally just men spinning in circles the whole time. That is it. The descriptions of the show make so many claims about what an amazing, educational, cultural experience it is that I expected the show to tell a... More 

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