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Whirling Dervishes live show and exhibition

Availability: Daily
Duration: 1 hour
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Do this because
  • See the awe-inspiring traditional Sema ceremony that dates back over 800 years
  • Step into a restored Ottoman Turkish bath
  • Learn the fascinating history behind this mystical Sufi ritual
What to expect

Near the mighty Hagia Sophia Basilica and the magnificent Topkapi Palace, Hodjapasha Cultural Center is a delightful piece of the city’s striking cultural mosaic. Transformed from a large 15th-century hamam (Turkish bath), it now welcomes visitors under its high dome ceilings to showcase some of the best of this vast country’s traditions.

Watch the mystical ritual of the Mevlevi Order, whose whirling dance has been declared a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity. The Sema ceremony is a journey through man’s spiritual ascent to “perfection” through mind and love—a truly unmissable and astonishing experience of music and moves.

The exhibition features information displays about dervishes and their ceremony, objects belonging to the world of dervishes such as clothing, musical instruments and personal tools and books. Interactive Rumi poems and sufi music samples, hyperrealist style dervish statues and video shows are part of this unique exhibition.

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What's included
  • Tickets to the Whirling Dervishes live show and exhibition
  • Free multi-language booklet
  • Complimentary beverages prior to the show
What's not included
  • Optional gratuities
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  • Children (aged 7-12): reduced
Where

Hodjapasha Cultural Center, Istanbul

Meeting point:

Ankara Caddesi Hocapaşa Hamamı Sok No: 3.B, Sirkeci, İstanbul, Turkey

What to remember
  • Tickets cannot be amended or cancelled once booked
  • Children under 7 years of age are not allowed
  • Photography is not allowed
  • Please be available at the theater 30 minutes before the show time
  • Important Notice : Late comers are allowed to enter the sema session first 10 minutes to allow for a peaceful ceremony. Booking of a visitors who come later than 15 minutes is regarded as no-show and the ticket price will not be refunded
  • The theater is not suitable for wheelchairs
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When
  • Every evening at 7:00 pm
  • Please arrive at the theater 30 minutes before the show time
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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Unfortunately, we can't offer you a refund nor can we change or cancel your booking for this particular product, due to our partner's policy.

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