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The Whirling Dervishes Show at the HodjaPasha Culture Center

1. The Whirling Dervishes Show at the HodjaPasha Culture Center

Enjoy the Mevlevi Sema ceremony at the HodjaPasha Culture Center in central Istanbul and witness the miracle of the whirling dances and dervishes. Dating back 800 years, the show represents in thrilling fashion the idea that everything in the universe, from atoms to the solar system, to the blood that circulates in the body, revolves. Sema is a spiritual journey that the soul makes to God as it becomes mature and attains unity. After the journey, it returns to its life and serves humankind again. This thrilling program begins with a classical Turkish music concert, followed by the Sema ceremony, comprised of 7 parts. Watch in wonder as the whirling dervishes and sheikh take their place and praise the Prophet Mohammed. Following the chant, a drum voice is heard and all 7 parts unfold, - the ceremony climaxes when the extraordinary whirling dervishes revolve to represent the birth of humanity. The Sema ends with a Fâtiha for the souls of all prophets, martyrs, and believers, and a prayer for the salvation of the country. Chosen as the best authentic local event in 2010 by the Federation of Tourist Guides in Turkey, this fantastic show takes place in the fantastic HodjaPasha Culture Center, which is a restored 550-year-old Ottoman Turkish bath in Sultanahmet-Sirkeci.

Turkish Dance Tickets at Hodjapasha Cultural Centre

2. Turkish Dance Tickets at Hodjapasha Cultural Centre

Delve into the oriental night as you watch this Turkish dance performance. Be enticed by Turkish folklore dances from different regions of Anatolia performed by professional dancers, blended with modern choreography, stunning costumes, and live music. Enjoy the intimate and authentic atmosphere of this evening show inside the Hodjapasha Cultural Centre, situated within the ancient construction of the Hodjapasha Hamam: a restored 550-year-old Ottoman bath. Admire the original architecture of the building and discover the Dervish exhibition, presented in the foyer area.

Istanbul: Whirling Dervishes Show Entry Ticket with Transfer

3. Istanbul: Whirling Dervishes Show Entry Ticket with Transfer

Watch the mystical ritual of the Mevlevi Order without having to worry about your transport or ticket. Admire Turkish whirling dervishes as they dance and twirl. Listen to traditional ayin music performed by a local orchestra and marvel at impressive special effects as you relax with a drink. After pickup from your hotel in Istanbul, your driver will take you straight to the Hodjapasha cultural theater. On arrival, listen to 15 minutes of classical music performed by a traditional Turkish orchestra. Discover Sufi music, inspired by poets, including the best-selling poet in the US, Rumi. Then, watch the 45-minute Mevlevi Sama Ceremony. Marvel at the whirling dance, a physically active form of meditation embodying a journey of spiritual ascent. Admire the 360-degree video special effects projected on the walls of the beautiful historical building to complete the experience.

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What people are saying about Hodjapasha

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,453 reviews

I recommend that you get to the Center earlier than 15 minutes prior to the show. It began to get really crowded. The Center is not that big. However, it was very smooth getting our tickets via Get Your Guide, and we had front row seating!

The ceremony was everything I hoped it would be and more. Very intimate and understated. The centre was a perfect setting and it was a really moving experience. The musicians and singers, as well as the dancers made it unforgettable.

A beautiful ceremony that lasted approximately 45 minutes. I'm glad I got to experience it.

Very pleasant, good dancers, very varied. Excellent drum Music a bit too loud

We enjoyed this activity. It was enlightening and spiritual