During this Monastery visit & Dervish Ceremony; you will see the story of Sufism and their communities in Istanbul, today. You will meet the Sufi community and their monastery, listen to their music, eye-witness the Whirling Dervishes Ceremony. If you wonder what is the Whirling Dervishes then join our Mevlevi Sema Ceremony Tour during your stay in Istanbul and enjoy a fantastic musical repertoire, see an extraordinary dance show that dates back 800 years and learn about the Mevlevi Sema spiritual journey.
Watch a magnificent 45-minute or 1-hour show of the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony at the HodjaPasha Culture Center or Galata Mevlevi House in central Istanbul and witness the miracle of the whirling dances and dervishes.
The best place to witness the Whirling Dervishes is of course in Konya, where the Mevlevi order (tarikat) was founded in the 13th century. But also in Istanbul, you have some opportunities to see the Dervishes whirl as well .
The ceremony features a complex musical repertoire called ‘ayin‘ and the whirling dance performed by the dervishes represents the mythical journey of man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to perfection. It is a tradition more than 800 years old, and in 2005 it was proclaimed as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
The ceremony starts after a 15 minute classical instrumental performance by a traditional Turkish orchestra and lasts for around 45 minutes. It is accompanied by 360 degree video special effects projected on the walls of the beautiful historic building and some amazing lighting, adding to the atmosphere of this captivating ceremony. The total duration is one hour, and seats are numbered.
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