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Hodjapasha Cultural Center

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Address: Hocapasa Hamami Sokak 3 | Sirkeci, Istanbul 34110, 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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Was amazed at the time that the men went round and round. Sufi music was soothing. The exhibition gives you an overview of the culture behind and the teachings of the Saint. Let... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was amazed at the time that the men went round and round. Sufi music was soothing. The exhibition gives you an overview of the culture behind and the teachings of the Saint. Let there be peace and love. Went there courtesy of Istanbul tourist pass.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When it comes to the whirling dervishes, it depends what you are looking for. If you wanted to see how dervishes do it, its a good demonstration. If you really wanted to see the real act of worship, you are in the wrong place. What more can you expect from stage performers? As for the place, small but nicely kept.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I walked from my hotel to this venue from the blue mosque area. Its located in a busy, safe area, easy to find. The early show, although its not as long as the evening show.... was great, enjoyed it, my hotel helped arrange it. This is NOT a "cheesy" tourist attraction.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

You are told to arrive 30 min before the show this is not necessary. Yes you need to be a little early to read the information on the walls which is very important and quite empowering and a must to read. You are then shown to a room where you are squeezed into your allocated seat. We purchased out tickets... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

With no explanation of the meaning of either the chanting or the movements of the dervish, a lot was lost in the experience. The initial chanting seemed tolast a long time befor we even saw the ervish. They appear and make a great display of placing fur pieces, but we are not sure why. They reappear to walk andbow a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

I mean no disrespect for the Mevlevi Sema ceremony, but marketing a religious act as entertainment/show seems wrong. Hodjapasha Cultural Center charge was 75 TL, no photographs or video is allowed (it would be as inappropriate as taking pictures during a mass). This is a religious act. Not a show. There is no crescendo or build up. Ceremony takes about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

The dervish performance here can be relaxing, meditative and spiritual if one is mentally prepared. Tip: no sneaking photos (hit by laser) and talking/laughing. By doing so, you not only show respect to performers but also to your fellow audience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

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 July 26, 2016

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

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