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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 Dervish Show in Istanbul
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Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha

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Mesmerizing Performance

I liked this performance. We attended the half hour Dervish experience and feel that the shorter show was enough for me. The setting is lovely in an old hamam. Small area in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I liked this performance. We attended the half hour Dervish experience and feel that the shorter show was enough for me. The setting is lovely in an old hamam. Small area in lobby describing what you will see. Live band. Seats are not assigned to get there early to choose your seat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Intersting culture and very good moments in a magic cenario .. we never forget all this experience at the cultural .

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our last day in Istanbul and we asked around to check what could we do that is probably very touristy yet has the local content. Answer was Whirling Dervishes. We went here because we had teens who were not interested in going for the other long performances. The place: Its a good set up,. very well managed. Our tickets were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had planned a cruise on the Bosphorus in the early afternoon to come back early evening. With limited time we only had that evening to visit the Hodjapasha for the sema ceremony. We were informed by the booking lady that the theatre was full that evening. Fortunately the manager was passing by and she was able to offer us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Although tending towards a theatrical performance, this is an excellent presentation of the "whirling dervish" sema ceremony. Good descriptions projected on the walls help understanding as does the excellent display in the reception area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

To truly get the full experience, see both the Whirling Dervishes show and the Rhythm of Dance. While many say that the Whirling Dervishes show is underwhelming, it is an old religious ceremony that wasn't created for entertainment. The Rhythm of Dance, however, was the complete opposite of that - that was a very exciting and visually stimulating collection of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Upon a recommendation from our hotel hosts and our own interest, we parted with 70 Turkish Liras each for a one hour show. The taxi dropped us off fairly close and we found the place somewhat tucked away on a pedestrian side street. Fortunately, we had reservations as the place was packed and even though everyone had assigned seating, it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

If you're coming here expecting a 'performance' of sorts, this isn't a show. This is a glimpse into an 800 year old tradition and the whole experience from beginning to end is enthralling. Also, I tried booking this through trip advisor and it said it was fully booked- I went to the place itself and I was able to get... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

I wasn't sure what to expect of a whirling dervish show, but it was definitely an experience I'm glad to have had. I'll agree with other reviewers that this is really just for tourists - which makes sense, given the setting (an old hammam) and the distinctly theatrical and not religious nature. I'd feel very invasive watching the real thing,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

This is best and most historic place for sufi concert. I like it v much. Do reservation and check show dates as it happen no everyday.

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