Whirling Dervishes Ceremony at Istanbul’s Sirkeci Train Station sirkeci ( Dede Efendi House in Sultanahmet ) - in Istanbul - LikeALocal Guide

Whirling Dervishes Ceremony at Istanbul’s Sirkeci Train Station sirkeci ( Dede Efendi House in Sultanahmet )

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20 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


  • Enjoy a Sufi music concert
  • Experience a Whirling Dervishes ceremony first-hand
  • sufism mevlana sems tebrizi

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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 ( Dede Efendi House in Sultanahmet ) (sirkeci tren istasyonu ( Dede Efendi House in Sultanahmet ))

Reviews from travellers (15)


We loved the Dervishes and the musicians. A really great show
deeply touching
a must see in Istanbul. profiund ethnic music Sufi style and meditational whirling
A meditation
The settings of the ceremony are quite modest, but don't be fooled - the performance is a must-see for anyone who wants a better taste of Istanbul.
A beautiful performance
Quite satisfying to watch. I only wish the hall were bigger.

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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