Whirling Dervish Show


20 USD

The Sema Ceremony is a spiritual journey of dervishes whirling for divine love. The ceremony takes part daily, however the seats are numbered, so first booked first served.

Duration: 1 hours
    Available in
  • English


  • Hodja Pasha Hamam and Sirkeci Area
  • Whirling Dervishes while they are whirling
  • Seeing impressive ceremony

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Of the numerous orders of Islam, Sufism is defined as the inner and mystical dimension. The Mevlevi Order was formed in 1312 in the Turkish city of Konya (formerly the capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate) by the followers of the 13th century Persian poet, Islamic theologian, and Sufi mystic Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (or Mevlânâ).

Organized by Mevlânâ’s son, Sultan Walad, the order in Konya soon began to expand into other towns with appointed leaders, and in its heyday there were 114 tekke (monasteries) established throughout the Ottoman Empire, including ones in Belgrade, Athens, Cairo, Mecca, Baghdad, Damascus, and Tabriz.

When the dervish takes off his black cloak, he is meant to be spiritually reborn to the truth. At the beginning of the ceremony the dervish holds his arms crosswise to represent the number one, testifying God’s unity. While whirling, the dervish’s arms are open with his right hand directed to the sky, representing his readiness to receive God’s beneficence.

Important notes:
- Opening time at 18:15
- Children under 7 are not allowed

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What’s included & not included

  • The show
  • transfer
  • dinner

Meeting point

Sirkeci Tram Station (Sirkeci, İstanbul, Türkiye)

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20 USD
  • Full refund if you cancel up to 72 hours before the tour
  • No booking fees
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