Whirling Dervishes live show and exhibition

Hoca Paşa, Hocapaşa Hamamı Sk. 3/B, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey
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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 country’s best 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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Important info

  • 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
  • Late comers are only allowed to enter the sema session during the first 10 minutes to ensure that the ceremony isn't interrupted. Visitors who arrive later than 15 minutes after the start of the show will not be able to enter and will not be refunded
  • The theater is not suitable for wheelchairs
Tickets to the Whirling Dervishes live show and exhibition. Free multi-language booklet. Complimentary beverages prior to the show
Know Before You Go

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

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Cancellation Policy
Unfortunately, our partner's policy does not allow us to refund, cancel or change this booking.
Meeting Point

Please arrive at the theater at least 30 minutes before the show time.