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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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Authentic well explained Whirling Dervish Ceremony

If you are going to attend the religious Whirling Dervish ceremony try one that is authentic. This one is and is very well explained. It was fascinating watching the priests... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2015
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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We had just one day in Cappadocia and we had to decide between watching this performance or doing the Turkish Nights. Yenner, our guide for the Underground City convinced us to go to the Saruhan. Thank you Yenner ! The performance is in a beautiful building Caravanserai, which used to house travellers doing the Silk Route. The performance was awesome... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Caravanserai were the fortress inns at day-long stops along the silk road from Eurasia to China where the camel caravans would stop for the night. The Sultahan caravansarai or Saruhan Exhibition and Culture Center, located between Aksaray and Konya,is the largest of some 120 in Anatolia (Asia Minor) and well preserved (that hasn't been turned into a hotel) from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

If you are going to attend the religious Whirling Dervish ceremony try one that is authentic. This one is and is very well explained. It was fascinating watching the priests move in and out of their trance while they danced. Very moving. Forget what you've seen in the Bugs Bunny cartoons. This will make you want to read more about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Me and my wife went to culture center to watch ritual of whirling dervishes and it was amazing experiences. I highly recommended anyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

If you are looking for a narrated entertainment this is not the experience for you. This event allows a visitor the opportunity to observe Sufi Muslims practicing a religious rite. It is akin to attending mass; beautiful and moving, but not intended to be mainstream entertainment. People I've spoken with who were disappointed had expectations of a performance similar to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This show on a cold March night was a calming revelation against the hustle and bustle of our tour. We watched the show which at one time was a religious ceremony but now is a meditation route for the men. There was a quiet dignity to the silent movements and made the watchers slow down as well. The setting in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Originally it's a Seljuck Caravanserai from 1200's, built on the silk road. Located just outside of Avanos village, it's one of the most preserved caravanserais in the region. There is a summer section and winter (indoor) section, as well as a small coffee shop and souvenir shop. The toilets are large and clean. The ticket costs 3 TL (in 2015).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Though some will think differently but for me and my family it was a spiritual and cultural experience to witness. Spiritual and mystical journey that one learns from reading the provided brochure and the web; the Sema ceremony filled my mind with how, why, what - transpires in the moment of dervish journey. It is now an exciting, pompous entertainment... More 

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