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Whirling Dervish Show

Go on a Spiritual Journey at this 800 year old mystical ceremony

  • See the transcendental performance by Sufi Dervishes also known as Whirling Dervish
  • Don't miss this most popular event in Istanbul performed by the Mevlevi Order inside the historical Orient Express Station
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Don't miss this event of holy music and moves!
Go on a spiritual journey and watch the mystical ritual of the Mevlevi Order, whose whirling dance has been declared a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity. Watch the ceremony about the journey through man’s spiritual ascent to perfection through mind and love. Enjoy the inspiring and fascination transcendental performance by the Whirling Dervishes in Istanbul.


  • Go on a spiritual journey
  • Watch the transcendental performance
  • See the 800 year old mystical dance show
  • Enjoy the Whirling Dervishes
  • Capture amazing moments of music and moves


  • 60 minutes

Rebooking & Cancellation Policy:
You have missed the Whirling Dervish Ceremony? No problem, you can come to the next ceremony time or day. You want to cancel? No problem, you can cancel your reservation anytime and get your refund

FAQs about Whirling Dervishes

What is a Dervish?
A Dervish is a Sufi, a member of the Mevlevi Order, the teachings of Sufi mystic Rumi. And the whirling dervish dance serves as a dhikr, a prayer or meditation carried out in devotion and worship of God.
This 800 year old ancient ritual is so integral to Turkey’s spiritual history that is has been inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage of Humanity list.

What is a Sufi?
Sufi is a mystic that seeks to find divine truth and love directly with God. Sufism is the centuries old stream in Islam for the followers of 13th century poet Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi from Konya, Turkey. He is mostly known for the themes of acceptance and tolerance in his teachings and poetry. The community of Sufism developed religious practices focusing on self control that enable both mental and mystical insights as well as a loss of self, with the ultimate goal of mystical union with God.

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User A

Amazing experience despite disruptive elements

The show itself was amazing. However, I was not impressed by random passers by walking in the venue for free in the middle of the show. That was a bit disruptive. Other than that, excellent performance!

User M

Excellent and very authentic compact version of the Mevlevi Sema dance, highly recommended.

User P


leuke en geweldige show zeer oude Turkse traditie we hebben genoten van de show, en we raden het aan.

User M

A dizzying spiritual experience

This is a don’t miss event for sure! Performance takes place at Sirkeci railway station and lasts around an hour (it’s advisable to arrive earlier so as to catch a better spot). Personally, I preferred the first part of the ceremony with the musicians whose tunes were mesmerising. Watching the dervishes was a bit challenging for us not profficient in whirling, but overall it was an otherworldly experience and I would gladly attend it again.

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User M

Fascinating show. Thought it was first come, first seat but all the front seats were booked by people who went to the doors and bought. So no point in getting them online unless you be absolutely safe with getting in a ticket. The place is stunning and the staff were very nice. Thoroughly enjoyed the show and the whirling dervishes along with the enchanting music was amazing.


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