We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Don't go if you have no real interest in this show”

Whirling Dervishes Istanbul
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha
Ranked #8 of 100 Concerts & Shows in Istanbul
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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..
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 the spirituality of the performance. Some people spoke and laughed quite loudly until more than halfway through the show, then simply got up and left with as much noise as they could make. Please do your homework regarding this performance, don't view it as something you have to do because you are in Turkey, do it because you can respect and appreciate the work put into a perfectly executed performance. 'Just saying'

Date of experience: November 2016
13  Thank Swalma
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (114)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
All reviews
"sema ceremony"
in 4 reviews
"these men"
in 3 reviews
"turkish culture"
in 5 reviews
in 21 reviews
in 9 reviews
in 10 reviews
in 5 reviews
in 11 reviews
in 6 reviews
in 4 reviews
in 2 reviews
in 2 reviews

13 - 17 of 114 reviews

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 against photos but several people near us were abusing this. It is not the way that I worship but I considered it a cultural experience and worth attending.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank 52packerfan
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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 Dervishes actually came into the main area. We were all given a leaflet which explained all about it and it was very interesting to know why they dress as they do and what the service means. There was a lot of walking around and bowing and then the whirling started, it was quite mesmerising and amazing how they never got dizzy or bumped into each other. It was so weird and different from anything we have been to before and you could see that they were all clearly totally engrossed in it. This is a religious service and certainly different from any other I have been to, but it was very interesting to see and learn more about it.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank jerseykathyl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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 show is fascinating and how they do not get dizzy and fall over I do not know. However, it is very long and young children will not be able to keep their attention. No photos allowed and no noise during the performance. I would not go back, as I have seen this, but I am glad I made the effort.

Date of experience: November 2015
5  Thank The_Review_Queen
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
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 the people there, I am not religious but the Whirling Dervishes dance and music touches my soul it is so beautiful to witness.

Date of experience: October 2015
3  Thank GandT101
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Whirling Dervishes Istanbul also viewed


Been to Whirling Dervishes Istanbul? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing