See the stunning Mevlevei Sema ceremony in Istanbul. Known for its whirling dervishes and dances, enjoy a complex musical repertoire called ayin and…
Immerse yourself in Turkish culture and visit the newly converted historical Turkish Bath, Hoca Pasa, to experience the beautiful, mystic Whirling…
Enjoy an evening tour of Istanbul including dinner. Drive through the illuminated streets for a taste of the local nightlife, then get a taste of the…
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Celebrate the New Year in a unique way as you cruise through the Bosphorus Strait on an unforgettable evening of dinner, drinks, and traditional…
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Attractions in Istanbul
- 1Bosphorus Bridge
- 2Dolmabahce Palace
- 3Hagia Sophia
- 4Sultan Ahmed Mosque
- 5Spice Bazaar, Istanbul
- 6Bosphorus Strait
- 7Hippodrome, Istanbul
- 8Golden Horn
- 9Beylerbeyi Palace
- 10Grand Bazaar
- 11Topkapi Museum
- 12Topkapi Palace
- 13Sultanahmet Square
- 15Istanbul Cable Car
- 16Walls of Constantinople
- 17Galata Bridge
- 19Taksim Square
- 20Serpent Column
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What People Are Saying About Istanbul
I have nothing really to compare it to in my experience.. Afterwards, My girlfriend and I decided to check out a Balkan/Turkish/Belly Dance show at the same location an hour later. They were very friendly and accommodating.
I knew very little about Sufiism and the whirling dervishes before seeing their performance, but the brochure given out on the night was informative and interesting. I found the performance very moving and spiritual, and the accompanying music quite haunting and evocative. The HodjaPasha Culture Center where the performances are held is a wonderfully atmospheric venue, previously a 550-year old Turkish bath, and was close to Topkapi plalace, so within a 20-minute walk of our hotel in Sultanahmet. We booked online about a month beforehand and were thrilled to be allocated seats right in the front row! The venue is small so definitely not crowded, with about four semi-circular rows around a central stage. Everyone in the audience has a great view as the dancers on the stage are very close to the audience. A week later I visited Konya and the tomb of Mevlana Rumi, the founder of the sama (whirling) movement, which made the dance experience of the previous week even more relevant.
To some people this show might seem like a bunch of guys spinning around in circles, but to those with any sort of spiritual inclination and an understanding of the meaning of a Mevlevi Sema ceremony, this is a powerful and soul-stirring thing to behold.
If you have seen a dervish or two whirl in local cafes and bars in Turkey then trust me, this is nothing like it. An unforgettable experience from its flawless technical precision to it's spiritual and emotional content. Every movement has meaning.
I had first row seating which was fabulous to actually feel the wind as the dervishes twirled. It was the closest experience you could get other than an actual religious ceremony. It was much better than seeing them for 10 minutes in a cultural dinner show setting. I was mesmerized and enjoyed every minute of it.