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Saruhan Exhibition and Culture Center
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Full-Day Cappadocia Tour with Kaymakli...
Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

Heavenly experience. Totally worth the time. Great performance by every single member in the troupe. Would highly recommend to anybody who is interested in sema worship ceremony and witnessing it in entirety.

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Reviewed 21 December 2015

The restored 13th century Saruhan Caravanserai near Avanos is a beautiful, historic setting to witness an authentic whirling dervishes ceremony one evening during a visit to Cappadocia.
The one-hour ceremony is a religious ritual, not a cultural performance. Consequently, photography is not permitted, except for during a brief repetition of one element of the ceremony at the conclusion (which is sufficient for tourists to capture the moment: remember to adjust your cameras to low-light, moving subject settings). There is no applause at the end of the ceremony (please allow the dervishes to depart in respectful silence).
After the ceremony apple tea is served in the courtyard while a multi-media presentation of Cappadocia history is projected onto the walls.
Attendance can be booked through most hotels in Goreme. Recommended.

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Reviewed 28 November 2015

An authentic dervish ceremony by a local seme in a restored carevanserai with an opportunity for photos after ceremony. Pleasantly surprised that this was not the kind of "show" you see in some other areas of the country. Our tour guide had explained the ceremony to us prior so it made the ceremony that much more meaningful.

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Reviewed 14 November 2015

This is an excellent place to see whirling dervishes. The setting seems perfect for a religious ritual of this nature. The dancing is performed in a performance room within a structure that was originally constructed as a roadhouse for travelers along the Silk road - traders would stay along their journey in place that offered them and their goods protection along the way. The building is interesting, so try to arrive in advance of the dervish performance to have a chance to look around. The Sufi ceremony was performed without explanation or interruption - photos were allowed only after they had completed the ritual when they performed a short version of the whirling - but they gave us sufficient time to get good photos. The cinnamon tea provided after the performance was a nice touch.

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Reviewed 16 October 2015

You're a traveler. You probably only have a VERY limited time in the area. If that's the case - then I might respectfully suggest you take a pass on the Dervish ceremony. If you REALLY want to go, this is by far the best spot we saw in Turkey - it's a wonderful old Caravansarai. But you sit down, and....you watch the guys spin. And then they stop. And the head guy wanders around a bit. And they spin again. Etc.

There is actually a wonderful hareme (Turkish bath) that's fairly close to this location. It's authentic - we just made a choice to go to this v the hareme. I think we made the wrong decision.

Just be SURE that you understand what you're going to get. You get a brochure that explains what you're going to see - but this is a religious ritual. So they don't "talk you through it," or let you take photos (they do one "round" at the end for you to take pictures), etc. The brochure is VERY detailed, and if you want to know what you're seeing, you MUST read it before going in. Otherwise, you won't have a clue. We arrived "right on time" (traffic) and so we didn't have a chance to read it, which was unfortunate as then you're just sitting watching guys in white spin. Again, sorry if that sounds sacreligious, it's not meant to.

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