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It was an excellent immersion into Turkish culture.

I have nothing really to compare it to in my experience.. Afterwards, My girlfriend and I decided to check out a Balkan/Turkish/Belly Dance show at the same location an hour later. They were very friendly and accommodating.

Istanbul: Whirling Dervishes Ticket Reviewed by Christopher, 04/21/2015

A very spiritual performance in a wonderful atmospheric venue

I knew very little about Sufiism and the whirling dervishes before seeing their performance, but the brochure given out on the night was informative and interesting. I found the performance very moving and spiritual, and the accompanying music quite haunting and evocative. The HodjaPasha Culture Center where the performances are held is a wonderfully atmospheric venue, previously a 550-year old Turkish bath, and was close to Topkapi plalace, so within a 20-minute walk of our hotel in Sultanahmet. We booked online about a month beforehand and were thrilled to be allocated seats right in the front row! The venue is small so definitely not crowded, with about four semi-circular rows around a central stage. Everyone in the audience has a great view as the dancers on the stage are very close to the audience. A week later I visited Konya and the tomb of Mevlana Rumi, the founder of the sama (whirling) movement, which made the dance experience of the previous week even more relevant.

Istanbul: Whirling Dervishes Ticket Reviewed by Vicki, 10/21/2014

Absolutely incredible, not to be missed.

To some people this show might seem like a bunch of guys spinning around in circles, but to those with any sort of spiritual inclination and an understanding of the meaning of a Mevlevi Sema ceremony, this is a powerful and soul-stirring thing to behold.

Istanbul: Whirling Dervishes Ticket Reviewed by Whitney, 06/20/2014

I went with three friends, we were all really impressed

If you have seen a dervish or two whirl in local cafes and bars in Turkey then trust me, this is nothing like it. An unforgettable experience from its flawless technical precision to it's spiritual and emotional content. Every movement has meaning.

Istanbul: Whirling Dervishes Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/12/2013

Absolutely wonderful! A terrific experience.

I had first row seating which was fabulous to actually feel the wind as the dervishes twirled. It was the closest experience you could get other than an actual religious ceremony. It was much better than seeing them for 10 minutes in a cultural dinner show setting. I was mesmerized and enjoyed every minute of it.

Istanbul: Whirling Dervishes Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/17/2013

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