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Galata Mevlevi Museum

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Address: Sahkulu Mah. Galip Dede Cad. No:15, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 245 4141
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09:00 - 16:30
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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I recomend to visit this museum and know more about Dervishes and Sufism. 2 floors and many rooms to visit. Highly recomended.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 September 2016
Meritxell d
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Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

I recomend to visit this museum and know more about Dervishes and Sufism. 2 floors and many rooms to visit. Highly recomended.

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İstanbul
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Nice spritual place to be, if near by should see it, very old building, restorated. Come whatever you are is the mentality of the this tarikat

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

We were walking by and found this museum by accident...but was pleasantly surprised that it is covered by the Museum Pass. We did not see the performance but the museum grounds and the building was very nice. It was interesting reading some of the history behind the religious ceremony. It was also nice to spend some quiet time away from... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

My husband and I loved the Whirling Dervish's ceremony that we saw. It was mesmerizing, so glad we saw it. The price was 70 Turkish lire, but they were already letting people in as we were buying our tickets, so the man sold them for 60. The museum is worth a visit too, we came back on a different day... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

I liked the whole performance and dervish dance. Music and their moves made me feel calm and peaceful. Highly recommend However,keep in mind that you will be distracted by crazy people with camera,which are really too annoying!! You can buy ticket for 70 TL on Sunday starting from 9 am. Museum is also very nice,and area around too. Entrance fee-10... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

We loved the beautiful and mesmerising Sema ceremony which I was informed by a returning local was the most authentic to be witnessed in the city but be aware currently they only take place on the second Sunday of each month at 16:30... The museum website doesn't make this clear.

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Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

I went here during a stroll down Istiklal, where it is in its prolongation towards the Galata Tower on the left if one comes from Taksim or Galatasaray lisesi. Istiklal was beautiful and sunny, busy, and friendly, but after having suffered from suicide bombings right there and with a strong and heavily armed police and military presence (also aimed at... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

Recreated building allows the visitor a glimpse into the history of the Mevlevi Sufi. There is a large hall where performances of the Whirling Dervishes are held and is quite nice to walk around (literally, the exhibitions wind around the outside of the hall for two levels). What really impressed me was some of the art and drawings, incredibly intricate... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

The whirling dervishes are synonymous with Turkey. We went here to experience this showcase of turkish culture but unfortunately we were disappointed. The event takes place in a stunning octagonal room, and the respect afforded to the performers was evident. The endurance of the performers was impressive, but the show itself was too long. We wrote off the exorbitant price... More 

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Muscat, Oman
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in learning about the history and the teachings of Sufi school, then this place can be a good place to spend some time at. I love Rumi so any place related to his life and teachings is of particular interest. I spent about two hours there. The best part is the dancing hall for the swirling... More 

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