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Hodjapasha Cultural Center

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Whirling Dervish Show in Istanbul
From $27.84*
Whirling Dervish Show in Istanbul
From $27.84*
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“belly dancing”(70 reviews)
1. Dervish Experience : Live Show & Exhibition : Everyday at 19:00 Price: 20 USD / Free hot and cold beverages. 2. Rhythm of the Dance :Featuring variety of charming folkloric dances of Anatolia combined with exotic Oriental dances and Ottoman...more
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Hoca Pasa Mh. Hocapasa Hamami Sokak No: 3/B | Sirkeci, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
+90 212 511 46 26
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The show was fantastic and the music is really top notch, some of the best musicians I've ever seen live particularly the vocalists.

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Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 8little_paws
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw two shows at the Cultural Center. Both of them were excellent. The Whirling Dervish presentation was emotionally stirring. I know they put this on for tourists but, if you take the time to research the history and understand the ceremony, it becomes easy...More

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Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Randy H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Scam! The place was nicely decorated and it was a nice environment to watch a show. But we payed to see the traditional dance mix only to find out the dancers are all the same for most performances and the ticket guy was also one...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sav1496
hodjapasha, Owner at Hodjapasha Cultural Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Review Owner . Our dancers are professional . There is no one who works in our box office and dance at the same time. I think you were in different place.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice ambience with the traditional Turkish show especially the Darwish type of performance, really we liked it so much

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Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Osama H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The show is so overpriced. We paid 18€ to see them spining in the circle around themselves with the same one move for 45 min. It was extremely boring, 1/2 audience was on the phone, 1/2 feel asleep. Few of them left the show in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a very spiritual and enlightening prayer session. Amazing!! Sufism is very mystical interpretation of one’s connection with the energy.

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Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nizar G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed this performance very much. I liked that before the performance, you were able to read about more about the dervishes and the religious ceremony (walls of the centre). " I also liked that there was short introduction before the performance. Looking at it...More

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Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Vicki P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw the rhythm of the dance show. It was amazing. My kids 12 and 9 years old enjoyed most of the performances. I thought they were all great, the performers had a lot of energy. My two favorites were the solo belly dance with...More

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Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my wife both fell asleep during the show. It is boring. They dont clearly indicate that no photography is allowed till u r inside. The seats are squeezed next to each others, very small and uncomfortable

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Chady_Amd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rhythm and Dance - Great show, excellent dancers, nice theater. An interesting mixture of different rhythms from various regions.

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Date of experience: November 2018
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April 29, 2018|
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Response from Mazaaaj | Reviewed this property |
Yup there is a space for wheelchair.
September 17, 2017|
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Response from moviegeekjn | Reviewed this property |
No photos are allowed during the performance. However, a number of people disobey this rule and do so anyway. I don't recommend doing this; this demonstrates disrespect for the ceremony and irritates audience members as... More
June 12, 2017|
Response from Poitier P | Reviewed this property |
yes, but during peak season you'll be put on the waiting list, hence insecure
Travel Forum Posts
Is it possible to see a Sema during a layover (3 Replies)
Hello, We are transiting through Istanbul, arriving on March 22nd (Thursday, TK #8) at 17:05 and departing on March 23rd at 02:25, so we'll have about 4 to 5 hours to visit the city. Is it possible to see a Sema show during this time? I see that there's a show starting at 19:00 hours at the Hodjapasha Cultural Center but I don't think we could be able to deplane, put our luggage in storage, go through immigration (we'll get visa's before leaving) and reach the Center in time. Are there...More
February 17, 2018|
Response fromhuman_v09|
Dear Enigma, Thank you for your response and suggestion on using the costal road. How much time do you think it will take at that time - Wednesday around 18:00 hours? If you think it is possible then I will buys the tickets for the show to make sure we get them. Best, Nitin
White Rose at hodjapasha Cultural Center (4 Replies)
I have been trying to purchase online tickets to see White Rose at the Hodjapasha Cultural Center for next October. The purchase never goes through. I contacted my credit card company and the problem is not with them. I sent 3 emails to the the Cultural Center but never got an answer. Is the show still playing? Is it too early to buy tickets? Any suggestions? Thank you for any information you can provide.
June 02, 2015|
Response fromsarikanarya|
This show is still advertised as running.Despite your bank assuring you the problem is not with them,the only thing which comes to my mind is about your card.Secure payment sites here mostly use 3D Secure system but foreign banks often need to be notified to clear the card for payment into this system. We have had people wanting to pay with C/C for other services here via 3D Secure and experience the same issue until they notified their bank,after which payment went through okay.Perhaps it...More
San Ramon, California
Help in schedule : Pasazade dinner, then dance show. (2 Replies)
Hi, we will be visiting Istanbul in a couple of weeks and would like to have dinner one night at the highly rated Pasazade restaurant. We are planning to visit the nearby Hodjapasha Cultural Center for a 9pm dance performance, so would like to complete dinner in time for that. How early for that day should we reserve our dinner at the restaurant? How long would a typical dinner (including desert) take at that restaurant? How much of a walk is it from the restaurant to the cultural center? ...More
June 13, 2013|
Response fromenigma2007|
John, welcome to Istanbul. I know the excellent restaurant Pasazade very well and have eaten there a few times. I highly recommend it. It is also serving at the roof terrace of the Erboy Hotel with excellent views. You can safely make a 7.00 PM reservation for the hotel. The Hodjapasha Cultural Center is only 5 minutes walk from the restaurant. enjoy Istanbul, enigma...