Whirling Dervishes Ceremony at Istanbul’s Sirkeci Train Station

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18 EUR

Experience a Sufi music concert and Whirling Dervishes ceremony first-hand at Istanbul’s Sirkeci Train Station.

Duration: 1 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • German,
  • Italian,
  • Russian,
  • French,
  • Estonian,
  • Japanese,
  • Dutch,
  • Swedish,
  • Norwegian,
  • Danish,
  • Portuguese

Highlights

  • Enjoy a Sufi music concert
  • Experience a Whirling Dervishes ceremony first-hand

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Description

The origins of Sufism lie in the life and practices of the Prophet of Islam and the Quran. Sufism embraces a well-founded and thorough interpretation of Islam that focuses on love, tolerance, worship of God, and community development through self-discipline and personal responsibility. A Sufi way of life is to love and be of service to people.

Known to the west as the Whirling Dervishes, the Mevlevi Order was founded by Mevlana Rumi in the 13th century. The Order wrote of tolerance, forgiveness, and enlightenment. Today, they survive as a cultural brotherhood. Their practises are not theatrical spectacles, but sacred rituals.

The ceremony of the Mevlevi Order, known as the sema, is a serious religious ritual performed by Muslim priests in a prayer-induced trance. Mevlevi believe that during the sema the soul is released from earthly ties and able to freely and jubilantly commune with the divine. Dervish literally means ‘doorway’, representing an entrance from the material world to the spiritual, heavenly world.

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What’s included & not included

  • Ticket to the show
  • Tea service

Meeting point

sirkeci tren istasyonu (sirkeci tren istasyon)

Reviews from travellers (11)

4.1/5

Mezmerizing
This is definitely worth your time and money. An enchanting spectacle and unusual unforgettable music.
S
Wonderful performance in a historic setting
It was an hour of magnificence that left the audience enthralled!
K
Excellent
We loved the Dervishes and the musicians. A really great show

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5.0/5

Simply amazing!
This is what you call an actual dervish ceremony. The one you see at bosphorus tours is just for fun. This was actually spiritual. Loved it.
Great trip
Our guide was a sweetheart! I was travelling with my mom and the guide was very attentive to her, which made it an easy and memorable trip. He also definitely knows a lot about the city and told us a great deal about Istanbul while we were on the island. This is perfect for companies of 3-5 people. Excellent experience!
An authentic experience
If you want to experience Whirling Dervishes Ceremony like a local then don’t miss that one.
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Tour operated by: Şengüler Tourism-Hakan