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Whirling Dervish Ceremony in Fatih

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Address: Alemdar Mh. Incili Cavus Sk. No:19 | Floor:3 Sultanahmet ( Behind Underground Cistern ), Istanbul 34110, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 544 220 1022
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Dervish Ceremony in the Real Monastery Every Monday & Thursday Nights...

Dervish Ceremony in the Real Monastery Every Monday & Thursday Nights at 20:00. meeting place is Sultanahmet. Shuttle Service from Sultanahmet to the monastery. In the end of the ceremony, return back to sultanahmet

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Wonderful spiritual performance

There are place that will show these Derwish dances in a spectacular light show etc, however, go to the real thing which ouzes folklore and authenticity! I was impressed and found... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2017
Paris, France
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

There are place that will show these Derwish dances in a spectacular light show etc, however, go to the real thing which ouzes folklore and authenticity! I was impressed and found this experience one of a kind!

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Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

I was drawn- in from the begging of the lecture to zikr ceremony to the dancing ... Both me and my husband were touched!! Highly recommended!!

Thank lky p
Istanbul Province, Turkey
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

The ceremony was an knowledgeable and fruitful to know about the culture and the way to perform dance to worship God. Highly recommend.

Thank Roduf G
Martinsburg, West Virginia
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Reviewed 3 February 2016

Was not sure what to expect. But it was a delightful experience and a look into such a different culture. But rember to wear something with sleeves and have your legs covered. You will be awed. No photos allowed.

Thank lcg7wv
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 October 2015

At a last minute whim, we bought tickets to see the Whirling Dervishes perform one evening at the Dervish Museum in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul. The performance lasts about an hour and is a breathtaking, beautiful and solemn ritual. Graceful, elegant and profound. Just amazing. We then went to the museum itself on another day (entry with our Museumkart).... More 

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Reviewed 4 October 2015

When you think of Turkey you think of a few things (besides the static: Hagia Sophia, Bosphorus, etc). You think of Turkish delights, the massage/baths, and WHIRLING dervishes! It's a thing; its a highlight not to be missed.

Thank freeandgoing
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Reviewed 18 August 2015

I did not go for the whirling dervish ceremony in sultanahmet, instead in Goreme. The ceremony was in Avanos. I can't really put in words what I felt, and I think I have reason for that. Even if you are not religious/spiritual, you feel something heavenly. The setting was in a cave and you are almost in as much a... More 

3 Thank sreemoyee g
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 7 June 2015

This was a bit of a disappointment, because I was interested in this ceremony. They gave us apple tea on arrival, and we sat in a large room at the Sirkeci Train Station. About 10 minutes after the start time, a band came out and started playing. Eventually, four men came out and started twirling. I have great admiration for... More 

1 Thank Danette L
Paris, France
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Reviewed 13 May 2015 via mobile

I really enjoyed this ceremony and what it means. You are taken through a prey that is a journey from material to spiritual and then back to material. Unfortunately many tourists think of this as a show and don't obey to the rules (silence, no pictures, no videos, no applause). I recommend assisting to one of these praying sessions, but... More 

1 Thank Catello L
New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 8 May 2015

The ceremony took place in theater which was a once a Turkish Bath. The whole atmosphere including the old but well maintained building was enchanting for us. As mentioned by others this is a religious ceremony and if you are not aware of its meaning and significance then you will not enjoy it as much. So my advise would be... More 

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