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Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul Every Thursday

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30 EUR

Discover the story of Sufism, learn about Istanbul’s present-day Sufi community, and experience a Whirling Dervishes ceremony first-hand in an authentic Sufi monastery.

Duration: 3 hours
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I am a long-time fan of the poet, Rumi, so this authentic experience of seeing a whirling dervish ceremony was one of the top highlights of my trip to Istanbul. The educational session beforehand was excellent and our guide was well organized and thoughtful. I booked this excursion two weeks in advance from the states, and the guide answered all of my emails/questions promptly beforehand. I highly recommend this event for anyone who is interested in learning more about the true history of the whirling dervish community.
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  • Visit an authentic Sufi monastery
  • Experience a Whirling Dervishes ceremony first-hand
  • Get to know the history of Sufism
  • Learn about Istanbul’s present-day Sufi community

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Spend an evening discovering the story of Sufism and learning about Istanbul’s present-day Sufi community. You’ll meet members of the local Sufi community, visit their monastery, hear their music, and experience a Whirling Dervishes ceremony first-hand.

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.

Ceremonies take place in an authentic Sufi monastery every Thursday evening.

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What’s included & not included

  • Transport to the monastery
  • Tea
  • Tips

Meeting point

Şengüler Tourism: İshak Paşa Caddesi 6 (Şengüler Tourism: İshak Paşa Caddesi 6)

Reviews from travellers (10)


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.
An authentic experience
If you want to experience Whirling Dervishes Ceremony like a local then don’t miss that one.
Excellent and authentic experience
This is the real deal, you take oart in a ceremony and not a show for tourists. A very unique experience

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Loved this class!!
My 3 friends and i took this class and we has so much fun .The owners of the studio Hakan and his wife were so artistic, and had alot of patience teaching us how to make these beautiful paintings. Their studio was very "zen".We loved spending the morning with them and had we known the class was going to be that much fun and creative we would have booked more with them that week! .Next visit we will .We highly recommend taking a class with them !!! Deb S ,Salem MA USA
This is definitely worth your time and money. An enchanting spectacle and unusual unforgettable music.
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!
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