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Saruhan Exhibition and Culture Center

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Address: Yeni kayseri Yolu 6 km, Nevsehir 505000, Turkey
Phone Number: 90 (384) 511 37 95
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Enthralling Ceremony

An authentic dervish ceremony by a local seme in a restored carevanserai with an opportunity for photos after ceremony. Pleasantly surprised that this was not the kind of "show... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 28, 2015
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We were very fortunate to book our Cappadocia tour with Rock Valley. They planned this ceremony visit for us at Saruhan center. The ride from Goreme to Nevsehir, in the evening is quite an enthralling one. This is a restored Caravansarai. The ceremony was something else entirely! If you know what you should expect from a sema ceremony, I am... More 

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Thank Deepa J
Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Heavenly experience. Totally worth the time. Great performance by every single member in the troupe. Would highly recommend to anybody who is interested in sema worship ceremony and witnessing it in entirety.

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Thank ManikBucha
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

The restored 13th century Saruhan Caravanserai near Avanos is a beautiful, historic setting to witness an authentic whirling dervishes ceremony one evening during a visit to Cappadocia. The one-hour ceremony is a religious ritual, not a cultural performance. Consequently, photography is not permitted, except for during a brief repetition of one element of the ceremony at the conclusion (which is... More 

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new york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

An authentic dervish ceremony by a local seme in a restored carevanserai with an opportunity for photos after ceremony. Pleasantly surprised that this was not the kind of "show" you see in some other areas of the country. Our tour guide had explained the ceremony to us prior so it made the ceremony that much more meaningful.

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Thank alfnurse
Juneau, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

This is an excellent place to see whirling dervishes. The setting seems perfect for a religious ritual of this nature. The dancing is performed in a performance room within a structure that was originally constructed as a roadhouse for travelers along the Silk road - traders would stay along their journey in place that offered them and their goods protection... More 

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San Francisco Bay Area
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

You're a traveler. You probably only have a VERY limited time in the area. If that's the case - then I might respectfully suggest you take a pass on the Dervish ceremony. If you REALLY want to go, this is by far the best spot we saw in Turkey - it's a wonderful old Caravansarai. But you sit down, and....you... More 

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istanbul
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This is probably the most genuine performance of this kind.Setting is very apropriate.This 13 th century building take you back in time.The evening show is probably more effective for seeing the building outdoor area after show.

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Mountain View, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

If you can't see the dervishes in Konya, the heart of Sufi Islam and the final resting place of the Mevlana, this is a decent place to see them. It's a must-do during a first trip to Turkey, such a unique cultural experience you can't really get elsewhere in the world. The dervishes here are really skilled and very invested... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We had a great experience with this show. To think it will just be whirling dance, we were blown by the experience. This is a good show to see. The Saruhan Center also presented a short movie clip about the history of Turkey.

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British Columbia
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270 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Although you can see the whirling dervishes in several places in Turkey, seeing them "dance" in this building made the experience more meaningful. The building, originally one on the caravan route to the east, has been restored and is a beautiful structure. One can see the rooms where the people in the spice trade slept as they passed through the... More 

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