Whirling Dervish Ceremony Tickets in Istanbul

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 60 minutes

Departs: Istanbul, Istanbul

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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This special ceremony is, first and foremost, a poetic experience. The original name “Sema” has two meanings: the skies and hearing.
The dervishes are raising their hands while whirling to feel the universe, its creation and motion. This is the way to reach maturity as a human being in an ecstatic moment full of love.
Concerning the performance at the ceremony, the classic sufi music is essential. It sets the stage and makes you to feel the emotional intensity before the rite starts. Then the whirling dervishes come forward to lift the curtain between the body and soul.
Although it was never seen as the mainstream, the Mevlevi Order has been a significant part of this city of coexistence. Usually, the literate and cultured ranks of the society, sometimes the Sultans, were admirers of the Sufi approach.

What's Included

A small info booklet about Sufis, Rumi and Dervishes

All Fees and Taxes

Traditional Turkish Tea is served before the Ceremony

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 10
  • YOUTH: Age: 11 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 100

Additional Info

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

You are most welcome to witness the transcendental pray of the dervish and discover the spiritual face of Istanbul in a 5-centuries-old school courtyard in a genuine architecture.

Join this mystical journey at an authentic place that reflects the old in Istanbul from the classical age of the Ottoman centuries!

Feel the spiritual Istanbul while witnessing the ritual of Sufi Dervishes at the heart of the old town!

Learn about the Mevlevi Order, a centuries-old old tradition of the followers of Rumi, the medieval poet from Konya!

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