Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul Every Thursday

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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
    Available in
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • German,
  • Italian,
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  • French,
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  • Japanese,
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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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Highlights

  • 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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Description

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

Reviews from travellers (8)

5.0/5

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
Great Experience
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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Tour operated by: Şengüler Tourism-Hakan