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Istanbul: Mevlevi Sema and the Whirling Dervishes Show

1. Istanbul: Mevlevi Sema and the Whirling Dervishes Show

Witness the Mevlevi Sema ceremony at the HodjaPasha Culture Center in central Istanbul and see the whirling dances and dervishes. Enjoy complimentary drinks during the show. Step inside a 550-year-old Ottoman Turkish bath in Sultanahmet-Sirkeci and take your place. Learn more about the Mevlevi Sema from the provided booklet. Marvel at this cultural dance that dates back 800 years. The program begins with a classical Turkish music concert. See the dervishes and sheikh take their place and praise the Prophet Mohammed. Following the chant, hear the drum voice as the dervishes perform the seven-part Sema ceremony which represents the birth of humanity. The Sema ends with a Fâtiha for the souls of all prophets, martyrs, and believers, and a prayer for the salvation of the country.

Istanbul: Turkish Dance Show at Hodjapasha Cultural Centre

2. Istanbul: Turkish Dance Show at Hodjapasha Cultural Centre

Get tickets to the Turkish Dance Show at the Hodjapasha Cultural Center for an entertainment-filled evening in Istanbul. Watch a lively performance with traditional dances, folk music, colorful costumes, and video projections in a former hammam built in the 15th century. Be enticed by Turkish folklore dances from different regions of Anatolia performed by professional dancers, blended with modern choreography, stunning costumes, and live music. Enjoy the intimate and authentic atmosphere of this evening show inside the Hodjapasha Cultural Centre, situated within the ancient construction of the Hodjapasha Hamam, a restored 550-year-old Ottoman bath. Admire the original architecture of the building and discover the Dervish exhibition, presented in the foyer area.

Istanbul: Whirling Dervishes Show Entry Ticket with Transfer

3. Istanbul: Whirling Dervishes Show Entry Ticket with Transfer

Watch the mystical ritual of the Mevlevi Order without having to worry about your transport or ticket. Admire Turkish whirling dervishes as they dance and twirl. Listen to traditional ayin music performed by a local orchestra and marvel at impressive special effects as you relax with a drink. After pickup from your hotel in Istanbul, your driver will take you straight to the Hodjapasha cultural theater. On arrival, listen to 15 minutes of classical music performed by a traditional Turkish orchestra. Discover Sufi music, inspired by poets, including the best-selling poet in the US, Rumi. Then, watch the 45-minute Mevlevi Sama Ceremony. Marvel at the whirling dance, a physically active form of meditation embodying a journey of spiritual ascent. Admire the 360-degree video special effects projected on the walls of the beautiful historical building to complete the experience.

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What people are saying about Hodjapasha

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,545 reviews

Our guide was very knowledgeable and conveyed the history of each place we visited. Lots of breaks so that we can also explore the sites on our own. Amazing capacity and patience on his part to make it fun. I was amazed that we managed to see all that was advertised in a day. Note be ready to do lots of walking and maybe schedule spa for the day after, but it is all worth it.

It's not a show, it's men meditating. Explanations are given and everything is in English We had a little trouble finding the place but in the end… thank you Google Maps

It was amazing! The place is neat and organized, and the show was really nice.

It was mesmerising! The dancers were brilliant and has an emotional impact.

Was great. I highly recommend it, better than Dervish Show