Whirling Dervishes Show
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Istanbul’s one of the icons, the whirling dervishes sema ceremony show are a fascinating sight that may be regarded in a number of the city’s most ancient halls.

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Whirling Dervishes Ceremony Show Exhibition Day Picture

Near the mighty Hagia Sophia Basilica and the magnificent Topkapi Palace, the building is a delightful piece of the city’s striking cultural mosaic.

Transformed from a large 15th-century hamam (Turkish bath), it now welcomes visitors under its high dome ceilings to showcase some of the best of this vast country’s traditions.

Watch the mystical ritual of the Mevlevi Order, whose whirling dance has been declared a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity. The Sema ceremony is a journey through man’s spiritual ascent to “perfection” through mind and love—a truly unmissable and astonishing experience of music and moves.

The exhibition features information displays about dervishes and their ceremony, objects belonging to the world of dervishes such as clothing, musical instruments and personal tools, books. Also, interactive Rumi poems and sufi music samples, Hyperrealist style dervish statues and video shows are part of this unique exhibition.

 

4.67 based on 3 reviews

  1. Zakir Syed

    Whirling Dervishes Show is great chance to understand Rumi. Extremely recommended!!

  2. May A

    Whirling dances with a musical repertoire. It’s a lovely ceremony to watch. These guys are very skilled and the musical is so relaxing.

  3. Scott Walker

    If you can appreciate focus and discipline go to this show. I don’t know a lot about the Sufi’s but the show is nothing short of spectacular. There is a lot of meaning to it that I still need to research. In short the ceremony involves music and obviously the spinning of these men that symbolizes the solar system. It was four differ rounds of these men spinning in circles. I quit counting after the first 150 revolutions. But I have no idea how they don’t get dizzy. The amount of focus is on another level. When you go be quite and show some respect. You really get to see something special. I actually went twice because was so impressed.

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