Fancy an alternative night outing? Attend the Whirling Dervishes ceremony in Istanbul, and be part of an incredible experience, that is full of cultural elements. The worldwide famous show is one of the most exciting experiences to join, as it can be seen as both, entertainment, and cultural exploration.
The ceremony is an ideal experience for people of all ages, and promises to fill you with mysticism, and inspire you. Observe the lifestyle of Sufi Muslims, unfold their beliefs and traditions, and feel the energy of this ceremony filling your body. Whirling Dervishes ceremony promises to offer you a lot of new images, and long-lasting memories.
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Departure time of this tour –
19:00 / 19:30
When joining our Whirling Dervishes ceremony in Istanbul, you can expect to witness one of the most interesting, and exciting shows in town. It is available on a daily basis, in the evening. Upon booking, members of our team will inform you about the exact time, so make sure that you will be there on time. The ceremony takes place at Hodjapasha Culture Centre. Reaching the cultural centre won’t be a problem, as it is located in the city centre. The building features an incredible architectural and interior design. In fact, it used to be a 550-year-old hamam, and then it was turned into a centre for arts, and today hosts a variety of cultural shows. Hence, upon your entrance, expect to feel the magical atmosphere that this place has, and to admire its exceptional design.
Whirling Dervishes ceremony lasts for almost two hours, during which you will unfold the core of Dervishes’ ideology. These people are Sufi Muslim Ascetics, and are famous for exercising extreme poverty, and austerity in their lives. In fact, they believe that by deserting your ego, you can reach God. According to the legend, Dervishes have superpowers, and capable of doing miracles because their life is close to God. The ceremony starts with a prayer, while Dervishes take their places on the stage. What follows is the infamous performance of the Circling of Veled. As they circle around themselves, get ready to feel the flawless mysticism of the ceremony. One interesting highlight is that every step of the ceremony has its own, unique symbolisation. The clothes of Dervishes have their own meaning as well,which you will unfold while observing their performance. The ceremony finishes after, almost, two hours. By that time, expect to be full of awe, and be overwhelmed with emotions.Whirling Dervishes in Istanbul is, definitely, an experience like no other!
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You can pay by card online or by cash on the tour day with any currency such as Turkish Lira, Euro (EUR), American Dollars (USD), United Kingdom Sterling (£).
Total tour duration is 3 hours including hotel transfer.
Phenomenal!!! One of the best experiences ever! Saw many pictures of this performance and wanted to attend. The location was breath-taking, once we entered, we felt the vibes of the place and realised it was going to be an incredible show. The dervishes performed everything to perfection. Their dances filled us with emotions and in the end, I was overwhelmed with the whole show. One thing I realised is that every move, every act has a meaning and there is a long history and deep culture when it comes to dervishes. Don’t miss it if you are in Istanbul!! It’s a must!!!