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Hodjapasha Cultural Center

Hoca Pasa Mh. Hocapasa Hamami Sokak 3, | Sirkeci, Istanbul 34412, Turkey (Sirkeci)
+90 212 511 4626
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Type: Performances
Owner description: 1. Istanbul Dervishes: Mevlevi Sema Ceremony / Everyday except Monday and Friday at 19:00 Price: 60 TL pp / Free refreshments including tea , Turkish... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

a beautiful place the performance takes a hour ,price 60 lira start with music later the derwishes arrive and start their ritual dance /pray we become impressed by the dance /pray and the spiritual feeling the combination of music singing and dancing makes the hour goes extremely quick worth wile nearby is a taxi stop

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is a beautiful and atmospheric venue however The whirling dervish "show" itself left me feeling confused. This is advertised as a performance however it is actually like observing a religious ceremony. The close proximity to the "performers" made me somewhat uncomfortable especially because I and a lot of the audience dozed off at some point during the ceremony. It... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We had watch the Whirling Dervishes at a local restaurant (enjoyed it very much) and do not wish to be trapped at some sleezy place offering belly dancing....hence we were delighted to come across this poster at a local tour agency about this show " White Rose" ...cultural and musical experience at the Hodjapasha Cultural centre. Ticket cost 70 TL.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I am in Istanbul once a year with students. I saw the Whirling Dervishes in 2012 and the traditional dance performance in each of the last three years. It is the latter that has become disappointing. Before, the dance troupe was excellent and combined traditional dances from all over Turkey and its many minorities. But this year (2014), it changed.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is a very touristy place. However, if you do not have to much time and cannot sacrifice an entire evening to watch the whirling dervishes - this is the place to visit. Regularly showing the dervishes in this central location - a good opportunity to get a feel about this phenomenon. 1 hour long show and you'll get dizzy... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A very unique experience. As the dervishes slowly twirl and the divine music transcend you to the other world. The experience is just mesmerizing. One in a lifetime experience. Worth every lira spent.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is supposed to be an old historical theatre in Istanbul which holds regular cultural shows for Tourists. One such shoe, called "Dance for Divine Love" the WHIRLING DERVISHES was witnessed by me along with other 176 guests. It cost us 60 Turkish lira per head for a 45 mins show and at the end of the show, the general... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Unlike many of the reviewers of this experience who saw Twirling Dervishes we saw the show called White Rose which tells the story of an Ottoman slave girl from the Harem who meets and falls in love with the Dutch Ambassador in the 18th century. We thought it was an excellent show with great dancing and colourful costumes and video... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We enjoyed it. It was impressive to see the 5 men whirling for almost 50 minutes. We are glad that we saw it. We think that it was a good introduction to the ceremony. Book early to get better seats. We booked the tickets on the website about 3 weeks before and we got seats at the center of the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Whilst the whirling dervish "show" is on many tour company program's it is essentially a religious ceremony performed for a paying audience. It is not therefore a choreographed dance designed for audience entertainment. The performance is approximately 50 minutes to 1 hour long starting with a 10 minute music introduction prior to the 5 man dervish performance of a very... More

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