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Istanbul: Live Whirling Dervishes Experience

Product ID: 207636
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Go on a spiritual journey and watch the mystical ritual of the Mevlevi Order in a historical venue. The Sema ceremony is a journey through man’s spiritual ascent to perfection through mind and love, do not miss this experience of music and motion!
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Experience

Highlights
  • Witness a performance containing 800-year-old mystical roots
  • Enjoy the live musical introduction of Mevlevi music
  • Watch a performance in the station of the famous Orient Express
Full description
The Sufi Ceremony is a transcendental performance by Sufi Dervishes, also known as Whirling Dervishes. It is referred to as "Semah" in Turkish.

You can embark on a spiritual journey and 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. do not miss this experience of music and moves.

A Dervish is a Sufi, member of the Mevlevi Order. A Sufi is a mystic that seeks to find divine truth and love directly with God. Sufism is the centuries old stream in Islam for the followers of 13th century poet Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi from Konya, Turkey. He is mostly known for the themes of acceptance and tolerance in his teachings and poetry. The community of Sufism developed religious practices focusing on self control that enable both mental and mystical insights as well as a loss of self, with the ultimate goal of mystical union with God.
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  • Entrance ticket for the ceremony

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Meeting point

Inside Sirkeci Train Station, at the Orient Express Hall

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• Complete silence is expected during the ceremony

From US$ 17.76 per person

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Product ID: 207636