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Istanbul: Mevlevi Sema and the Whirling Dervishes Show

1. Istanbul: Mevlevi Sema and the Whirling Dervishes Show

Witness the Mevlevi Sema ceremony at the HodjaPasha Culture Center in central Istanbul and see the whirling dances and dervishes. Enjoy complimentary drinks during the show. Step inside a 550-year-old Ottoman Turkish bath in Sultanahmet-Sirkeci and take your place. Learn more about the Mevlevi Sema from the provided booklet. Marvel at this cultural dance that dates back 800 years. The program begins with a classical Turkish music concert. See the dervishes and sheikh take their place and praise the Prophet Mohammed. Following the chant, hear the drum voice as the dervishes perform the seven-part Sema ceremony which represents 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.

Istanbul: Turkish Dance Show at Hodjapasha Cultural Centre

2. Istanbul: Turkish Dance Show at Hodjapasha Cultural Centre

Get tickets to the Turkish Dance Show at the Hodjapasha Cultural Center for an entertainment-filled evening in Istanbul. Watch a lively performance with traditional dances, folk music, colorful costumes, and video projections in a former hammam built in the 15th century. 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.

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4.4 / 5

based on 2,158 reviews

It was extremely interesting because it was a formal and authentic religious activity and not a presentation for tourists, as you cannot speak, photograph or applaud. I was extremely involved with the quality of the musicians, prayers and dances. I recommend this tour and I can say that it was one of the nicest tours I've ever taken in my life.

Witnessed the most incredibly talented bunch of dancers and musicians create their magic at @hodja_pasha cultural center, Istanbul, covering dance forms across Ottoman, Eagan, Black sea region, Roman gypsy and of course, belly dancing. The lead percussionist stole the show for me!

This is literally one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! Highly recommend the experience. Also bought some great lemon tea on the way out!

A few words - Epic, Amazing, Magnificient. Worth every penny. Just WOW.

A lifetime of experience. Loved every minute of it.