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Hodjapasha Cultural Center

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Address: Hoca Pasa Mh. Hocapasa Hamami Sokak 3, | Sirkeci, Istanbul 34412, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 511 4626
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Description: 1. Istanbul Dervishes: Mevlevi Sema Ceremony / Everyday except Monday and...
1. Istanbul Dervishes: Mevlevi Sema Ceremony / Everyday except Monday and Friday at 19:00 Price: 60 TL pp / Free refreshments including tea , Turkish Cofee , water and fruit juice + Free booklet + free DVD for every online purchase of 2 tickets. 2. Rhythm of the Dance :Featuring variety of charming folkloric dances of Anatolia , Balkans and Caucasian regions combined with exotic oriental dances. Tuesday Thursday Saturday 21:00 Alternating biweekly with White Rose . Price : 70 TL pp / Free refreshments including tea , Turkish Cofee , water and fruit juice + Free booklet + free DVD for every online purchase of 2 tickets. 3. White Rose : A theatral dance show that sensationally combines oriental dance , harem dance and modern dance together. Theme is based on an extraordinary true love story of an Ottoman slave woman and ambassador during Tulip Period in 17TH Century. Tuesday Thursday Saturday 21:00 Alternating biweekly with Rhythm of the Dance . Price : 80 TL pp / Free refreshments including tea , Turkish Cofee , water and fruit juice + Free booklet + free DVD for every online purchase of 2 tickets. See our website for the calendar of the shows.
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Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha

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Attended the Dervish Show. As we had booked early was in the 1st row and very close to the stage. The show was good but after visiting Konya & seeing the Dervish ceremony... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The dervish is an Islamic religious ceremony, and should be kept that way. Paying the 60 lira (20 dollar) per ticket fee for the dervish is highway robbery. If you'd like to experience an Islamic dervish for what it's worth, watch a video of it on YouTube. That is just about how much you'll get out of actually going to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Attended the Dervish Show. As we had booked early was in the 1st row and very close to the stage. The show was good but after visiting Konya & seeing the Dervish ceremony there, this one could be avoided. The center is very particular about no photographs / videos. Not sure why, as there is nothing extraordinary about this show.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Recently saw the White Rose show with my boyfriend on a trip to Istanbul. I was skeptical about booking as the tickets are not particularly cheap and I'm not a huge fan of dance. I'm so glad that we decided to go though! It was one of the best experiences we had in Istanbul. The show started at 9 and... More 

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We went here to see the Dervish show, as our hotel was very near the the Hodjapasha, we arrived in advance and were among the first seats. The show is charming, music together with the dance creates a fantastic atmosphere. It is nice that they give you the guide with the explanation in many languages, without it it would be... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This was my sixth visit to Turkey, and visiting this show was by far the worst experience that I've had in this otherwise beautiful and welcoming country. I attended this show with my wife at the end of July 2015, our seat numbers were 96 and 97. Many reviewers have already mentioned that the show is way over-priced, and, quite... More 

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hodjapasha, Owner at Hodjapasha Cultural Center, responded to this review

Seemingly this review owner did not enjoy the ceremony and he was not happy , that is normal , this particular ceremony is not everyones cup of tea as another review owner states previously. But I think he is very much exagerating his experience here. We have here 1013 reviews here . I respect all reviews as a manager .... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Images of the whirling dervishes are all over Istanbul, so I was looking forward to the show our tour guide booked at the cultural center in a historical building. The seats are reserved in order of reservations. We made them for the same day and were number 160, but the way the chairs are set up in a circle makes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We saw the Dervish Ceremony "dance" and I was blown away. I've seen whirling on YouTube, but this ceremony with the program guide and the program (projected on the dome along with mesmerizing light and image effects) really helped me understand the idea and emotional impact of the ceremony. Spoiler alert: their dance enacts atoms, planets and galaxies -- that's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This was the fourth time I visited this cultural centre. I can only say I love this place and enjoy every single minute I spend there. The building is fantastic it has a special atmosphere. The dance shows are unforgettable. This time I saw Beyazgul which is a kind of dance story. It includes fantastic ottoman age dances and the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Good show, felt a little commercial. Good seat set up, you get allocated automatically. Really close to train station and lots of restaurants.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

It was interesting to see the dances, but not the most impressive thing. This is not Broadway level show, it is local, showcasing traditional folk dances. Not even the kids thought it was great. We were not sorry we went, as it was interesting, but not as fun or impressive as we expected. Fine for an evening out if you... More 

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