Where can I see whirling dervishes in Istanbul
Where can I see whirling dervishes in Istanbul ?
The Whirling Dervishes took their name from Jelaleddin Rumi (1207-1273), the mystical poet and great Sufi master, called Mevlana (our leader) by his disciples. Sufis seek a close relationship with God, and for Mevlana it was through chants, prayers, music and a whirling dance.
This ceremony (sema) can be witnessed by visitors just like you. Keep in mind though that although it may look a bit like a performance, it is still a religious ceremony. Refrain from talking, leaving your seat or taking pictures with a flash while the dervishes are spinning.
If you would like to see a real authentic ceremony, real ceremony on Thursday evening at a tekke in the Fatih district. The best way is to contact Les Arts Turcs, a cultural center organizing workshops. It’s more expensive, but they explain the meaning of the ceremony, and take you there and back with their vehicle from a location in Sultanahmet. Again, keep in mind this is a real ceremony, with more chanting than whirling.
Whirling Dervishes Performances
The Hodjapasha Dance Theater is very popular venue located in a converted 15th century Turkish bath, not far from the Sirkeci train station. During the low season, they have performances every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 19:00. Starting March there will be daily ceremonies. Here’s what you can expect from a Whirling Dervish ceremony at Hodjapasha.
Also, some performances take place at the event hall of the Sirkeci train station. However, my preference goes with the Hodjapasha Dance Theater for a more righteous and genuine experience.
How can one participate?
You can make reservations from here ( online ), you can e-mail us or you can visit our ticket center in advanced and make your reservation in person. Here are our details ;
LOCATION of our Meeting Point in Sultanahmet :
Contact People : Mr. Alp – Mr. Nurdogan
( Phone : +90 544 220 10 22 / +90 212 527 68 59 )
Here is our address :
Google Maps : https://goo.gl/maps/uXuyRmELZsx
Istanbul Dervish Ceremony – Les Arts Turcs / Culture Center
Alemdar Mh. Incili Çavus St.
No: 19 Floor : 3 (Behind The Underground Cistern)