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Hodjapasha Cultural Center
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Whirling Dervish Show in Istanbul
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Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha
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Rhythm of the Dance Show at Hodjapasha In Istanbul
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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. See our website for the calendar of the shows.
London, United Kingdom
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“Super!”
Reviewed December 14, 2013

We attended the 'white rose' show and it was beautiful. Loved every bit of it.

The center is conveniently located near the Eminonu tram station - 2 stops from Sultanahmet (cultural center is about 5 mins walk across the road) and easy to find.

Booking was easy (you have to arrive 1 hour in advance if you want to pick up tickets booked through the phone).

Avoid taking cabs from outside the center after the show (just walk across to tram station and catch a tram - the last service runs till midnight - White rose ends around Quarter past 11 at night)

Visited December 2013
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““It is an interesting ceremony, but it is a bit boring.””
Reviewed December 13, 2013

Cannot go to Turkey and not see the whirling dervishes. The venue is good and clean and if you get there early and are nice to the lady you may get front row seats. They delivered what they said. I found it a bit boring

Visited November 2013
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“WOW Experience”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

The Sema ceremony was a wow experience. You need to look over the printed material to understand a bit before the ceremony. It is not meant to be a performance but a deeply moving religious experience. Try to get a seat in the front row so you can see better. The music and singing were very good. The five men who participate in this incredible experience are in a world of concentration. With their eyes closed, their right hands raised upwards, and their left hands downward, they whirl and spin around as if in a trance, and are perfectly balanced and apart from each other. The whole hour-long experience is very moving and for 60 TL, worth the visit. Go and you feel the intensity of their movement!

Visited November 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Amazing, mesmerizing experience!”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

Seeing the whirling dervishes was one of the most amazing experiences of our visit to Turkey. The religious ceremony takes place in a historic bath, and the room where the dervishes whirl is perfectly round, with three rows of seats around the perimeter. Because the dervishes move symmetrically throughout the ceremony, there is no "front" or "back" as far as the view from your seat, so theoretically all seats should be good, although seats in the front row are definitely recommended for a perfectly unobstructed view. However, I do believe we had the perfect seats --- front row, directly across from the entrance door --- because, while the dervishes whirl in the center circle, the musicians are stationary and sit to one side of the door, so from our seats, which were across from both door and musicians, we had a perfect straight-on view of the musicians, as well as a perfect front-row view of the dervishes. (Note: the concierge at our hotel arranged for our seats, so I'm not sure what the usual procedure is if you're purchasing tickets on your own, whether or not you get to select your own seats).
The ceremony itself was just awe-inspiring. The fact that these men whirl, both in place and in an orbital circle, with their eyes closed and arms raised for more than 30 minutes is just astonishing. I would love to learn more about the training they receive. There is excellent information about the ceremony itself in the program booklet they distribute when you enter.
Prior to the dervishes' entrance, the musicians play some traditional music. I, personally, thought that was the least interesting part of the experience, and I would have been content to just have the musicians accompany the whirling without the opening "concert", as that just seemed like a needless time-filler. But once the dervishes entered, I was entranced from that moment on.
Prior to entering the theatre, everyone is served complimentary coffee and tea, which was a nice touch. The location was convenient --- we were able to walk to the cultural center from our hotel (Four Seasons in Sultanahmet), and there are nice shops and cafes along the way, so it makes for a nice evening stroll on your way there and back. Dress is extremely casual. Most people just wore jeans or khaki pants.
Overall, this was a wonderful, memorable experience. I had visited Turkey once before and had always regretted not seeing the whirling dervishes. I'm so glad I was able to see them this time! Definitely a worthwhile experience!

Visited October 2013
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“feeling to belong this secret :)”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

so many people complain about boringness of dervish show, but lets remember first of all it's not just a show, it's religious ceremony first of all
amazing ceremony made in incredibly atmospheric place ,costumes, live music, light, which made me renew my being inlove in Istanbul and Turkey
I wanna be dervish now :))
thank you so much!!

Visited November 2013
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