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Mevlana Whirling Dervishes

Cimenlik mah. AslanlI KIsla cad. Karatay | Mevlana Cultural Center, Konya, Turkey
90 332 352 81 11
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Ranked #1 of 26 Attractions in Konya
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Pemberton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is almost a religious event as the participants participate Ina worship event and the spectators are privileged to see into a world that is new for most of us Worth a visit for sure

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Only on saturdays, performed at 9.00 pm, in the Cultural Center, at walking distance from the city center (about 10 minutes), no entrance fee. It was a magnificent experience, but the many people who left before it was finished and the people who were talking on the phone, showing no respect for the performance, were indeed disturbing, as mentioned on... More

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The venue was hard to find to start with. The performance started at 9pm and we were advised to be there by 8pm to get a seat. The venue was only half full as it turns out. It was very interesting but we thought it went on for too long, so be prepared and have dinner beforehand or you will... More

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Having lived in Konya for a few months and visited the fantastic Mevlana Museum, I had heard and learnt so much about Rumi and Mevlana and the prayer ceremony. To finally see the Whirling Dervishes was an incredibly moving experience and a real privilege.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A world class facility but the sound system was poor. The performance was by professionals who stage it at the cultural centre. It was for FREE! So we got what we paid for.

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

It feels a little odd, watching a spiritual ceremony as part of an audience where you could freely take photos. However it was an interesting experience all the same. The duration was about an hour and a half. It was slow moving and serene, yet strangely compelling to watch.

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Varanasi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Just a deeply grounding experience - the authentic deal in the place where it all began. And it was free!

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The mevlana whirling dervishes ceremony is excellent but it is definitely low key and religious in nature. We saw the same dance in Cairo last year which was loud and touristy. This is more relaxed and laid back ceremony. We made special effort to get to Konya on Saturday as this performance is only once a week. Don't miss if... More

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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had been well-prepared by our guide and knew not to expect a "dance routine", but rather a religious rite. The low lighting, live music and quiet turning was a great experience and we came away feeling very relaxed and uplifted.

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France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

presented as a religious islam ceremony, the meaning of everything is hard to understand. so there is no emphasis to make a tourist show, and lacks the energy that can make the dervish dances spectacular. unfortunately the entrance is free, so whole families come with their cubs who start wailing after the first half hour.

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