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Saruhan Exhibition and Culture Center

Yeni kayseri Yolu 6 km, Nevsehir 505000, Turkey
90 (384) 511 37 95
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Ranked #8 of 15 Attractions in Nevsehir
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Theaters, Cultural
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Theaters, Cultural
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Reading, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
62 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A really "staged" experience which was vastly over-hyped. Whirling Dervishes? more like slowly spinning. no atmosphere - we expected much better.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I wouldn't waste your time on it. This is not a dance show, it is a ceremony which is overpriced at €25 for maximum 45 minutes. Only three whirling dervishes and it is quite repetitive, I couldn't get out fast enough. No introduction to the ceremony, you are just expected to read a pamphlet with virtually no light before the... More 

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Izmir Province, Turkey
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235 reviews 235 reviews
149 attraction reviews
466 helpful votes 466 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Do yourself a favour and don't go if you are looking for a dance show. It's not. Only go if you have read and studied about the ceremony and know what it is that you are going to experience. Only then will you truly appreciate what you have seen. They do give you a small pamphlet about the ceremony outlining... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I'm always fascinated about the poet Rumi and his teaching. In general, I'm always intriqued about spirituality and how other culture express it into ritual etc; hence the Dervishes. So, when I came to see this performance especially, in the old caravenserai, I was deeply moved. I read about the history on the internet before I came. They give you... More 

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Cranbury, New Jersey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We saw a highly recommended Dervish Show at this place last week. Must say it was a huge disappointment. There was no history, no narration. just a bunch of people swirling with no context or background. You see them for about 50 minutes and are done. Really?? Do not waste your time on this.

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Montreal,Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We stopped at this caravanserai for about an hour one afternoon during our cycling tour of Cappadocia. I'm not sure if there was an entrance fee in the daytime as there were no whirling dervishes putting on a show. In fact the place was empty while we were there. But it is certainly fascinating both from the cultural, historic and... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Whirling Derviches Ceremony is allowed to be seen at Saruhan Carevanserai (with admission fee). It's a beautiful and historical place with an outstanding ceremony (It's not a show!). Tickets were bought by Freelance Travel Agency (includ round trip transportation). Ask them by website.

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Some reviews noted that it was a boring presentation. If you do not challenge yourself to get introduced to a different cultural experience, certainly it will be just a boring one hour session of big men dancing in circles. But if you are open to new cultural traits, just be there and listen and watch carefully each detail. The music... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We were told by our hotelier that this was the only near-authentic ceremony in the Cappadocia area if we wanted to see whirling dervishes whilst in the area. We were interested in Sufism and unlikely to see the ceremony in the town of origin so were keen top view this.We found a taxi would take us there and wait to... More 

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Lincolnshire, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We almost didn't visit this attraction but are glad we did. This is a well-preserved caravanserai, built in 1249. It is a ten minute drive from Urgup in Cappadocia. The caravanserai is worth a visit, if you are interested in Silk Road history, but it is really, really worthwhile if you attend for the Whirling Dervish ceremony. It is smaller... More 

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