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Hodjapasha Cultural Center

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Address: Hoca Pasa Mh. Hocapasa Hamami Sokak 3, | Sirkeci, Istanbul 34412, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 511 4626
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9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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1. Istanbul Dervishes: Mevlevi Sema Ceremony / Everyday except Monday and...

1. Istanbul Dervishes: Mevlevi Sema Ceremony / Everyday except Monday and Friday at 19:00 Price: 60 TL pp / Free refreshments including tea , Turkish Cofee , water and fruit juice + Free booklet + free DVD for every online purchase of 2 tickets.

2. Rhythm of the Dance :Featuring variety of charming folkloric dances of Anatolia , Balkans and Caucasian regions combined with exotic oriental dances. Tuesday Thursday Saturday 21:00 Alternating biweekly with White Rose . Price : 70 TL pp / Free refreshments including tea , Turkish Cofee , water and fruit juice + Free booklet + free DVD for every online purchase of 2 tickets.

3. White Rose : A theatral dance show that sensationally combines oriental dance , harem dance and modern dance together. Theme is based on an extraordinary true love story of an Ottoman slave woman and ambassador during Tulip Period in 17TH Century. Tuesday Thursday Saturday 21:00 Alternating biweekly with Rhythm of the Dance . Price : 80 TL pp / Free refreshments including tea , Turkish Cofee , water and fruit juice + Free booklet + free DVD for every online purchase of 2 tickets.

 

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Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha

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Culturally Enriching!!

My hotel staff recommended this dervish show when I had insisted on attending one. I booked the one hour show at the Hodjapasha Cultural Center; it is recommended that you buy... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My hotel staff recommended this dervish show when I had insisted on attending one. I booked the one hour show at the Hodjapasha Cultural Center; it is recommended that you buy tickets in advance. The center was about 10-12 mins from the Grand Bazaar. The seating was numbered and free small beverages were provided before the show. You can walk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For anyone visiting istanbul this place is a must. I saw a dervish show here, and words cannot do justice to great experience i had. The ambience of this place is mind blowing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Experienced several years back but this time taking my wife, it's her first time. This one is at a better place with nice presentation on the information of the Dervishes Swirling Dance, Sufism and the origin of this practice.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is definitely a "once in a lifetime" experience. Meaning, after you've gone once, you never need to go again. The first half hour was just music and prep. There were 5 performers, and once they got into rhythm it was kind of soothing. They whirl for a few minutes, then stop and go through this whole bowing routine, then... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Went with my family , didn't like the show that much , but nice decorations and good set up . One lady always pointing by laser light to stop capturing photo .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

The exhibition and performance were a wonderful window into Sufiism.I feared this might be touristy, but it was anything but and very well done. I recommend it highly.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

So I have to say having been to Konya and seeing both the tomb and the ceremony, this wasn't the same quality. There was a theatrical nature to this performance which took away from the spiritual side of the Sufi sect. That being said, go if you've never experienced the whirling dervishes. The setting was lovely, seating excellent and the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

My family and I watched this presentation back in August while we were in Istanbul. Although we can appreciate the spirituality of the show it was very repetitive and we almost slept through the show. I think you have to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy and appreciate it in its fullness. Maybe we were not ...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

I had a good experience, I had googled and therefore new what to expect, obviously others (some of the terrible reviews) didn't research what it was about before going. Yes it's religious, Yes they are in a trance, pretty amazing when you think about it, I'd fall over after the first twirl. I believe this is a personal like/dislike event.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

U have to see it. Highly recommend it. Very calm and spiritual. What a night. So authentic and rich.

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