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Wonderful spiritual performance

There are place that will show these Derwish dances in a spectacular light show etc, however, go to... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2017
Paris, France
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No words can describe it!!! Amazing

I was drawn- in from the begging of the lecture to zikr ceremony to the dancing ... Both me and my... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2016
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21 Jan 2017
“Wonderful spiritual performance”
26 Nov 2016
“No words can describe it!!! Amazing ”
Dervish Ceremony in the Real Monastery Every Monday & Thursday Nights at 20:00. meeting place is Sultanahmet. Shuttle Service from Sultanahmet to the monastery. In the end of the ceremony, return back to sultanahmet
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Alemdar Mh. Incili Cavus Sk. No:19 | Floor:3 Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
+90 544 220 10 22
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

The former monastery of the famous sect of Sufis known as the Whirling Dervishes is now a museum. It is located just a short walk from the funicular stop at Tunel. A gated entrance lets you into a lovely courtyard and downstairs to the museum....More

11  Thank Senta S
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

My wife and I attended this ceremony on a Thursday night. We met at the Cultural Center Turc just behind the Basilica Cistern and drove over in 2 large comfortable vans. It was a fairly long drive. I wanted to experience a true Dervish ceremony...More

7  Thank GreatWhiteMark
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

There are place that will show these Derwish dances in a spectacular light show etc, however, go to the real thing which ouzes folklore and authenticity! I was impressed and found this experience one of a kind!

1  Thank BBUSS68
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

I was drawn- in from the begging of the lecture to zikr ceremony to the dancing ... Both me and my husband were touched!! Highly recommended!!

Thank lky p
Reviewed 29 April 2016

The ceremony was an knowledgeable and fruitful to know about the culture and the way to perform dance to worship God. Highly recommend.

Thank Roduf G
Reviewed 4 February 2016

Was not sure what to expect. But it was a delightful experience and a look into such a different culture. But rember to wear something with sleeves and have your legs covered. You will be awed. No photos allowed.

Thank lcg7wv
Reviewed 22 October 2015

At a last minute whim, we bought tickets to see the Whirling Dervishes perform one evening at the Dervish Museum in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul. The performance lasts about an hour and is a breathtaking, beautiful and solemn ritual. Graceful, elegant and profound. Just...More

2  Thank jani2129
Reviewed 5 October 2015

When you think of Turkey you think of a few things (besides the static: Hagia Sophia, Bosphorus, etc). You think of Turkish delights, the massage/baths, and WHIRLING dervishes! It's a thing; its a highlight not to be missed.

Thank FashionSpeedTravel
Reviewed 18 August 2015

I did not go for the whirling dervish ceremony in sultanahmet, instead in Goreme. The ceremony was in Avanos. I can't really put in words what I felt, and I think I have reason for that. Even if you are not religious/spiritual, you feel something...More

3  Thank sreemoyee g
Reviewed 8 June 2015

This was a bit of a disappointment, because I was interested in this ceremony. They gave us apple tea on arrival, and we sat in a large room at the Sirkeci Train Station. About 10 minutes after the start time, a band came out and...More

1  Thank Danette L
Reviewed 13 May 2015

I really enjoyed this ceremony and what it means. You are taken through a prey that is a journey from material to spiritual and then back to material. Unfortunately many tourists think of this as a show and don't obey to the rules (silence, no...More

1  Thank Catello L
Reviewed 9 May 2015

The ceremony took place in theater which was a once a Turkish Bath. The whole atmosphere including the old but well maintained building was enchanting for us. As mentioned by others this is a religious ceremony and if you are not aware of its meaning...More

2  Thank guptashish
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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere
stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
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Mohamad M
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When will you be in istanbul ?
17 October 2016|
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In the monastery, it is 2 hours but can be a bit longer too.. Every Thursdays at 20:00