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“Beautiful dervish ceremony” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Galata Mevlevi Museum

Galata Mevlevi Museum
Ranked #94 of 1,033 things to do in Istanbul
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Beautiful dervish ceremony”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014

I found the ceremony beautiful and quite hypnotic. It lasts just over an hour. Note that it is performed only on a Saturday at 5pm and that tickets, which are 40TL go on sale at 9am the same day with doors open at 4.30 pm. The museum itself closes at 4pm.

Visited March 2014
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Moscow, Russia
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“Used to be the Divan Museum - don't be confused”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

This museum is the old Divan Museum, renamed over a decade ago. It is probably more famous and more visited for the performances of whirling dervishes rather than the Dervish Museum itself. Either way, whether you pay 5 Lira for the museum or 40 for the show, it is worth visiting.
I was here on a fresh December afternoon, and it seemed to me that in the heat of summer this idyllic peaceful courtyard would be a wonderful getaway from the city.
There are two tombs to visit, each described in English, a graveyard, some other bits and bobs, and of course the museum of Sufi dervishes, which explains (unfortunately not what they believed in) where they came from, how they lived and trained and what music and literature has come from this order. All labelled in detailed English. Not really a whole lot to see, but a very pleasant atmosphere, the headstones on the graves are definitely worth a look, and it's good to have a vague idea of who you are looking at if you plan ti see the Dervish show.
Lonely Planet says the tickets can only be bought on the day of the show an they seel out quickly. I bought mine at 12.00 and it was inded one of the last left. Be there at least 30 minutes before the show (4 or 5pm) if you want an anyway decent seat. Be there at least 45 minutes before to queue at the door and get a seat unrestricted by columns. Sit on the far side opposite the door for the best views.

Visited December 2013
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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“Spiritual place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

I had a chance to see whirling dervishes performing in Sarajevo several times so I did not get a chance to see them in Istanbul but I did visit museum part and enjoyed it a lot. Sufism is something very mystical and unknown to people and while visiting this museum you can learn little bit about it. There are display cases with outfits dervish wear (different dervish orders), arts, literature, etc. If you never saw whirling dervishes definitely use chance to see it. It is an amazing experience!

Visited October 2013
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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“Check the opening times!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

I'm sure this is a very enjoyable place to visit; I only wish I had been able to. Their website says that they are open until 1700 hrs during the winter season although the October version of Time Out Istanbul says they're open until 1900 hrs. I arrived at 1545 hrs only to be told they're closed.

Visited October 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“An Oasis of Tranquility”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

Located at the bottom end of Istiklal Caddessi, only seconds away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The museum provides and excellent insight into Sufiism and the grounds of the tekke (lodge) are an oasis of tranquility.
At 1700 every Sunday the dervishes perform their spiritual whirling dance (the sema). Tickets are only available on the day from about 1000 at the gate. Make sure you get a ticket early in the day as they soon sell out.
A truly spiritual experience.

Visited September 2013
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