Galata Mevlevi House Dervish Ceremony

Galata Mevlevi House Museum closed to visitors for a restoration and enhancement project


The Galata Mevlevi House Museum, or Mevlevihanesi, is widely known and authentic Mevlevi Whirling Dervish hall.

With its historical Main Door, Galata Mevlevi Lodge (Galata Mevlevihanesi) awaits you at one end of İstiklal Street of Beyoğlu, and to the left at the beginning of Galip Dede Street. This lodge would be referred to as Galata or Kulekapısı Mevlevi Lodge or Galip Dede Tekke, during the Ottoman era. It was established in 1491 and represents the most important Ottoman works in Beyoğlu along with Galata Palace School. In 1975, it was opened to visitors as Divan Literature Museum before it was reorganized as Galata Mevlevi Lodge Museum in 2011.

You can also visit the historical Galata Mevlevihanesi to watch the special dervish dance invented by the Mevlevi Dervishes in beautiful surroundings. This building, which is also used as a museum, contains many important historical monuments. After a visit to the museum, you can enjoy the Whirling Dervishes Show, which will take place at 5 am, to add something a little different to your experience. The site, also called Kulekapı Mevlevihanesi, is a historic building that has been used for many years to perform these dances. In 1975 it became a museum as one of the museums in Istanbul.

Galata Mevlevi House
Galata Mevlevi House

The whirling dervishes of Istanbul are a sight to behold. Known as the “dervish dance,” this traditional Sufi dance Istanbul is a mesmerizing display of devotion and spiritual connection. The whirling dervishes of Istanbul, dressed in their traditional white robes, spin in a hypnotic dance that is said to bring the dancer closer to a state of transcendence.