Whirling Dervishes Istanbul

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Authentic Whirling Dervish Show with Hagia Sophia View

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Whirling Dervish Show

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.

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Whirling Dervishes Istanbul

The tradition of whirling dervishes is a significant part of Turkish culture and an expression of a soulful inner journey. The origins of this tradition go back to the famous thinker Mevlâna Jalaluddin Rumi, who lived in the 13th century. Mevlana's philosophy and teachings are expressed most purely and impressively through the sema ritual. The whirling dervish has a great symbolic significance in Turkish culture. 

The whirling dervish forms a bridge between the earth and the sky. Each turn is a spiritual purification and an effort to get one step closer to God. With these movements, the whirling dervish finds himself in a dance of the soul and invites the audience to this endless journey. The whirling dervish tour provides an immersive experience that will nourish and elevate your soul. For a sharing full of spirituality and the beginning of a pleasant evening, the whirling dervish tour will be a wonderful experience for you.

Why Go to the Whirling Dervish Show?

A whirling dervish show is a rare chance to soothe your soul and purify your mind. The perfect turns of the whirling dervishes give the spectators a sense of peace and serenity. The Sema ritual also reflects the message of unity and peace. The whirling dervish show is an important opportunity to immerse yourself in the richness and profundity of Turkish culture.

What to Do and See during a Whirling Dervish Show?

The whirling dervish show is a ritual that forms an important part of the Mevlevi tradition. It is a ritual in which the whirling dervishes symbolically try to keep themselves and the universe in balance. 

It takes place in a specific order. The performance begins with ney music played live by a neyzen. The ney melodies put the audience in an atmosphere of deep meditation and accompany the whirling of the whirling dervishes. The performance begins with the whirling dervishes slowly spinning to the accompaniment of takbirs. 

The white clothes of the whirling dervishes characterize innocence and purification. The turns symbolize a whirling dervish in harmony with the universe and turning towards God. The whirling dervishes perform their turns in a certain order. Each turn is an expression of the whirling dervish's devotion to God and its orientation towards Him. The rotation of the whirling dervishes is also associated with the rotation of the universe. The rotation of the whirling dervishes reminds us that the universe is in constant motion and that everything is in balance.

How to Reach the Whirling Dervish Show Center in Istanbul?

You can use the bus, metro, train, tram, and minibus lines to watch the whirling dervish show. Bus lines going here are 26 A, 28, 30 D, 32, 46 Ç, 78 and EM1. If you want to go by metro, you can take M2 line, if you prefer the train you can take B1 line, if you want to come to the show center by tram you can take T1 line, and if you would prefer a minibus you can take the line D-46.

Whirling Dervish Show Opening Hours

The whirling dervish show usually starts every evening at 7 pm.

How long a Whirling Dervish Show lasts?

A whirling dervish show typically lasts about one hour. The performance includes a ceremonial dance known as the Sema, which is part of a Sufi ceremony. The duration can vary slightly depending on the venue and the specific ceremony being performed, but one hour is a common length for these shows.

What to wear for a Whirling Dervish Show in Istanbul?

For a whirling dervish show in Istanbul, dress modestly. Avoid revealing clothing. Comfortable shoes are advisable, as you might need to remove them.

Planning a Visit for Whirling Dervish Show

If you are looking for a genuine cultural immersion, you should turn your route to the whirling dervish show to delve into the spiritual world. One of the most impressive shows of traditional Turkish spirituality, this show invites you on a perfect journey. In the spectacular show, whirling dervishes present a visual feast during the whirling ceremony, a perfect ritual. 

In their white dresses, they mesmerize the audience with a dance that symbolizes the rotation of the universe, whirling as if defying gravity. Prefer a whirling dervish show for an incredible night. Experiencing this incomparable show in the magical ambiance of Istanbul will give you memories that you will remember for the rest of your life.



Things to Do After a Whirling Dervish Show in Istanbul

When you think about what to do after watching a whirling dervish show in Istanbul, there are many alternatives to make this marvelous experience even more unforgettable. You can stroll around Sultanahmet Square, visit Hagia Sophia, and spend time in various historical sites of Istanbul. 

If you want to relax after the whirling dervish show, you can sit in one of the cafes in the area and have a cup of Turkish tea. You can also spend the day visiting historical mosques to soak up the spiritual impact of the whirling dervish show or stop by the food markets to taste the city's delicious street food.

FAQ's for Whirling Dervishes Istanbul

<p class="ql-align-justify"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The </span><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">whirling dervish show</strong><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> will last approximately 1 hour.</span></p>

<p class="ql-align-justify"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">The show includes elements of live music, lighting, and costumes, along with the whirling dervishes.</span></p>

<p class="ql-align-justify"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The </span><a href="https://istanbulwelcomecard.com/shop/whirling-dervish-show-istanbul-i36" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>whirling dervish show</strong></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> starts around 7 pm every evening.</span></p>

<p class="ql-align-justify"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">The show will take place at the </span><a href="https://maps.app.goo.gl/m6VyAtdBNpP4p5GMA" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"><strong>Hodjapasha Center</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">, in Fatih district.</span></p>

<p class="ql-align-justify"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">Ticket prices are 33 Euros.</span></p>

<p class="ql-align-justify"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">It is not allowed to take photos during the </span><strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">whirling dervish show</strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">.</span></p>

<p class="ql-align-justify"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">The show is every day of the week.</span></p>

<p class="ql-align-justify"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Yes, it is appropriate to go to the performance center with children.</span></p>

<p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Comfortable and respectful clothing should be preferred. </span></p>

<p class="ql-align-justify"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">No, food and drinks are not served during the performance.</span></p>

Reviews

Dina Salem- United States of America
23 July 2023
Marlon - Spain
We enjoyed the performance and the sufi spirit represented in the dervishes.
17 June 2023
Deborah Imrie
A very esoteric experience. The music set the scene for the Dervishes to continue. Wonderful hour of peace, culture and dare I say entertainment. A must do for anyone’s visit to Istanbul.
25 May 2023
Borghese
21 May 2023
Atmani
Le spectacle était mystique et nous a amené hors du temps. Je le conseille à toute personne qui veut vivre un moment de spiritualité. L’organisation était au top.
09 May 2023
4.7
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