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Mevlana Whirling Dervishes

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

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Fascinating performance

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... read more

Reviewed July 13, 2016
Jørgen Bo N
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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Reviewed May 8, 2016

Plan your visit to Konya on a Saturday to see this authentic sema performance at 7 pm - free in the huge auditorium right across from Hilton Garden Inn. The performance can get somewhat monotonous and boring after a while (especially if you have kids with you), but you can get up and leave any time you want. You can... More 

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Reviewed March 21, 2016

You need to arrive early to select a seat with the best view of the small rug where the leader will be located. There is a small red booklet that is essential to peruse prior to the beginning to recognize all the elements of the ceremony and not just drift along with the visual splendor, unless that's your pleasure. It... More 

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Reviewed January 13, 2016 via mobile

We planned visiting Konya on a Saturday in order to catch the sema at the Mevlana Cultural Center. I made reservations at the Hilton because it is across the street from the center. It was a little difficult to find the winter starting time on their website. It is at 7 pm sharp in winter months so, don't be late.... More 

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Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

I just felt sleepy..dizzy..didn't enjoy it.. I didn't like the show but my friend enjoy it to the maximum

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Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Went to Konya for the annual celebration and was only there for one night. On this night, the sema was on at the sports and congress stadium which holds 10000 guests. Based on the number of people and size of the venue, it didn't 'feel' like a ceremony and felt more of a 'show'. If you're going to see this,... More 

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