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Address: Cimenlik Mahallesi, Aslanli KIsla Caddesi, Karatay | Mevlana Cultural Center, Konya, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 332 352 8111
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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First in Konya you must go to see the Dervish performance! It is every Saturday at 19:00 pm, free of charge. Off season you don't have to be there until right before 19.00, there... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 17, 2016
Alacati, Turkey
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Alacati, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

First in Konya you must go to see the Dervish performance! It is every Saturday at 19:00 pm, free of charge. Off season you don't have to be there until right before 19.00, there is huge capacity of seating! The arena and the amphitheater is enormous. The ceremony is very nice and a must see in Konya! If you go... More 

4 Thank Akrijen
Saar, Bahrain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

The sema held every Saturday at 7:00pm at the Mevlana Cultural Center is free. The program starts with an explanation of what to expect, and gives the historical background of the performance. The whirling dervishes are a delight to watch, but what I personally found more amazing was the hypnotic singing and music. The whole experience is truly unique and... More 

5 Thank MIA328
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

Awesome and riveting to watch and experience a definite must for Rumi lovers. Approximately a 2 hour show . Many people from around the globe travel to watch the whirling dervishes or the semahene perform the Sema .

3 Thank Fatima L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

The show is free.It's very unique and calm atmosphere.If you don't have much time in Konya,you can come by bus and connect the other bus to your next destination.

2 Thank Shuting L
Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Very good to see the ceremony live in a very nicely purpose built building. There is a free ceremony every Saturday at 19:00 all year round and also on Thursdays during the summer at Mevlana cultural center 10 minutes walking distance from the Mevlana Museum.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

If you are in Konya on a day where the whirling dervishes perform at the Mevlana Museum then make sure to enjoy it! It is a unique performance. Takes less than an hour and it is free.

1 Thank Jørgen Bo N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

This may have been the highlight of our 3 weeks in Turkey. The event took place in an ancient caravan stop that was on the Silk Road. The 3 musicians played on authentic instruments. But the dancing Dervishs were absolutely mesmerizing. I can't call it a show or service or performance. It was their way of praying. Memorable.

2 Thank Robert L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016

In Center of Konya, town in Turkey, there is a monastery "Mevlana" the Tekke of Mevlana; I visit this attraction with pleasure, and assisted to this show " dance "The Derviches" You must have see this amazing show, to believe me. The Derviches turned around and around (non stop) more as ten times; this dances of Mevlevi ritual are still... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

This was just wonderful. Sit facing the seats for the instrumentalists. Read the flyer before hand to appreciate what they are doing. We waited in the courtyard after and were able to talk with the Suni mevlana. They were very nice and answered our questions.

1 Thank Patricia D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful experience and very pleased to have been here. It's great that the show is free. Get there early to secure a good seat as it does get really busy just before it starts. Hugely annoying that many over people were talking, answering their phones and arriving late / leaving early etc.

1 Thank HMFSAB

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