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“A GOOD EVENING'S ENTERTAINMENT”

Saruhan Exhibition and Culture Center
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Reviewed 29 March 2016

Whirling dervish ceremony, held in a 13th century caravanseri (caravan stop). In warm weather the ceremony is held outside in the courtyard, in cooler weather it is held inside. Arrive early and you can walk around inside and out and wonder what it might have been like for a traveller 800+ years ago. The ceremony is about 1 hour long, after which you can take pictures of the participants. They also have a light and sound show they project on the courtyard walls of the caravanseri after the show before closing. Total time from hotel to hotel, usually 2-3 hours.

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Reviewed 7 March 2016

We attended one of the performances and found that it was something different. Some how we expected something more. The dancers spin around and that is it. Having seen it once that's enough.

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Reviewed 29 February 2016

I came to this caravanserai to witness members of the religious Mevlevi Order perform their Whirling Dervish ceremony. Before deciding whether this is something that you want to attend, you must fully understand what the demonstration consists of. It is not a "show". It is not meant as entertainment. (Although as I have heard and read, some places, such as in Istanbul, do present the dance more like a show). But here at Saruhan, the ritual is performed exactly like a religious ceremony in a sacred solemn manner. Do not expect crazy acrobatics or some magic trick involved in the twirling.

Having heard previously about the Whirling Dervishes (but not knowing much about the actual religious Sufi sect or their followers), I was very interested in seeing this performance. I was not disappointed and I found it to be a very good experience. Several other non-dancing members come out first. They recite or chant prayers and play musical instruments. Then 4 dancers and a Master came out. The Master did not participate in the dance but rather directed the 4 dancers. They perform the dance for about 5-10 minutes, twirling in a counter-clockwise direction, and eventually getting into a rhythm. They take a short break while additional prayers are chanted, then they repeat the dance. This cycle is repeated about 2 more times. Photography is not permitted during this part. At the end, they perform an abbreviated 2-minute version of the dance, during which you are permitted to take photos.

Admittedly, the repetition of the cycles can become boring to some. Attendance is assuredly not appropriate for small children. It is also inappropriate to clap or applaud at any time, to maintain the solemnity of the ceremony.

The caravanserai itself is worth some exploring.

Thank Roobydoo5
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Reviewed 2 January 2016

We were very fortunate to book our Cappadocia tour with Rock Valley. They planned this ceremony visit for us at Saruhan center. The ride from Goreme to Nevsehir, in the evening is quite an enthralling one. This is a restored Caravansarai. The ceremony was something else entirely! If you know what you should expect from a sema ceremony, I am sure you will not be disappointed. For me the experience was quiet a liberating one.! As the dervishes whirl and lose themselves, find their spiritual connection, one can only then, understand the hidden meaning in Rumi's poems about love and compassion and oneness with the soul. Its a must do activity in Turkey.. You'v not seen Turkey, if you have not visited a whirling dervish show

Thank Deepa J
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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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