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Saruhan Exhibition and Culture Center

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Address: Yeni kayseri Yolu 6 km, Nevsehir 505000, Turkey
Phone Number: 90 (384) 511 37 95
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I wen there with my husband to see the Dervish dancing. We went in, thinking it was going to be something lighter... it turned out to be extremely inspirational, metaphysical and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Lorena S
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was so intrigued to know that this was an old Carvanseri that was restored, situated on the old Silk Road, were traders used to stop over night with their goods. We saw a whirling dervish ceremony there, and the ambiance of this place made it spectacular

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wen there with my husband to see the Dervish dancing. We went in, thinking it was going to be something lighter... it turned out to be extremely inspirational, metaphysical and moving. I got transported, same as my husband, we end up extremely relaxed and filled with joy and love. When you talk to them they make you fill the... More 

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Whitby, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Whirling dervish ceremony, held in a 13th century caravanseri (caravan stop). In warm weather the ceremony is held outside in the courtyard, in cooler weather it is held inside. Arrive early and you can walk around inside and out and wonder what it might have been like for a traveller 800+ years ago. The ceremony is about 1 hour long,... More 

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calgary,alberta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

We attended one of the performances and found that it was something different. Some how we expected something more. The dancers spin around and that is it. Having seen it once that's enough.

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

I came to this caravanserai to witness members of the religious Mevlevi Order perform their Whirling Dervish ceremony. Before deciding whether this is something that you want to attend, you must fully understand what the demonstration consists of. It is not a "show". It is not meant as entertainment. (Although as I have heard and read, some places, such as... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We were very fortunate to book our Cappadocia tour with Rock Valley. They planned this ceremony visit for us at Saruhan center. The ride from Goreme to Nevsehir, in the evening is quite an enthralling one. This is a restored Caravansarai. The ceremony was something else entirely! If you know what you should expect from a sema ceremony, I am... More 

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Heavenly experience. Totally worth the time. Great performance by every single member in the troupe. Would highly recommend to anybody who is interested in sema worship ceremony and witnessing it in entirety.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

The restored 13th century Saruhan Caravanserai near Avanos is a beautiful, historic setting to witness an authentic whirling dervishes ceremony one evening during a visit to Cappadocia. The one-hour ceremony is a religious ritual, not a cultural performance. Consequently, photography is not permitted, except for during a brief repetition of one element of the ceremony at the conclusion (which is... More 

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new york
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

An authentic dervish ceremony by a local seme in a restored carevanserai with an opportunity for photos after ceremony. Pleasantly surprised that this was not the kind of "show" you see in some other areas of the country. Our tour guide had explained the ceremony to us prior so it made the ceremony that much more meaningful.

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Juneau, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

This is an excellent place to see whirling dervishes. The setting seems perfect for a religious ritual of this nature. The dancing is performed in a performance room within a structure that was originally constructed as a roadhouse for travelers along the Silk road - traders would stay along their journey in place that offered them and their goods protection... More 

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