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Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Show (Hodjapasha Culture Center)

     Let yourself be captivated by the dance of the Istanbul whirling dervishes show as you attend this mystical evening. Everything about the experience will help create a magical environment that you will not find anywhere else. It is one of the oldest yet most fascinating traditions of the country that still exists. The best part is that people of all ages can enjoy the whirling dervishes. So, whether you are with your family or friends, you will enjoy this show. 

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A Glimpse Into The Whirling Dervishes 

    The Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Show is a mesmerizing experience that combines traditional Turkish music, poetry, and dance to create a mystical and spiritual performance. The show is inspired by the Sufi tradition of Mevlevi, which originated in the 13th century and is based on the teachings of the poet and mystic Rumi.

    To enjoy their performance even more, it is important to understand what the whirling dervishes represent. The whirling dervishes are ascetics from the Sufi Muslim community who practice austerity and poverty. The primary aim of their existence is to dissolve their ego and connect with God. 

    The dervishes fulfil this aim through physical activities, such as whirling. Of course, the whirling dance is part of their ceremony called the remembrance of God (dhikr). Because of this, you will also have goosebumps when you witness this mystical performance. 

Why People Choose The Whirling Dervishes In Istanbul Tour 

     There are many activities to do in Istanbul, which is why you have many options. However, here are the top reasons you must make the Whirling Dervishes in Istanbul Tour part of your exploration:

  • You Will Get To Witness The HodjaPasha Cultural Center 

     One of the best things about this tour is the location of the HodjaPasha Cultural Center. This used to be a hammam more than five centuries ago. However, it transformed into a beautiful cultural centre that will take your breath away as you roam through it. 

  • Plunge Into The Sufi Traditions 

     Travelling is all about learning how other people live their lives and what different cultures exist out there. The whirling dervishes ceremony will give you a chance to witness the Sufi traditions and way of life. You will be completely immersed throughout the ceremony and will take lots of cultural knowledge from this tour. 

  • Ideal For Everyone 

     The show is ideal for everyone, from families with kids to adults and much more. If you are looking for family-friendly activities to do in Istanbul, then this is also an incredible one you can opt for. It will enable you to teach your kids about different cultures, traditions, and customs to broaden their perspectives. 

     Attending the Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Show is a one-of-a-kind and remarkable event that provides insight into Turkey’s spiritual and cultural traditions. It is a must-see for anybody visiting Istanbul and will undoubtedly make an impact.

How much does Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Show cost?

Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Show costs (price) 35 € for adults, 35 € for children 7 between 12 years old and children under 7 years old are free.

This tour does not include hotel transportation; visitors must make their own way to the meeting spot. Please be ready at the specified hour.


  • Entrance Tickets
  • Insurance


  • Personal Expenses

“Please note that we have no hidden costs”

What do you need to bring with you?

Don’t forget to bring your camera. You’ll shoot stunning photographs.

Description of Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Show

    Attending the Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Show is an unforgettable experience that offers a unique insight into the spiritual and cultural traditions of Turkey. The performance is a testament to the enduring influence of Rumi and the Mevlevi order, and it is a must-see for anyone visiting Istanbul. Whether you are interested in religion, spirituality, or simply want to witness a mesmerizing and beautiful performance, the Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Show is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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Here is an extensive look into this tour program so that you can make an informed decision:

Hotel Pickup: We don’t provide a transfer service for this tour in the pricing. If you are staying in the city center, it will take a little time to walk the HodjaPasha Culture Center. As you arrive, you will be taken a back by the historic beauty and architecture of the building. 

The Show Begins: Once you reach, the show will begin, and it will last at least two hours. There are a few components to the show that symbolize different things you must understand. Each will be explained to you to help you prepare for what you will learn on the tour.

Prayer And Circling Of Veled: The ceremony begins as a prayer in honour of the Prophet Muhammad. Then, a solo will follow. Next, the lead of the Dervishes will indicate the places to the other Dervishes where they should go to begin the Circling. 

The Circling is an important part as it is symbolic of the resurrection process. As you watch this happen, you will also be overwhelmed by all the emotions. 

Mevlevi Sema Ceremony: Another intriguing part of the ceremony is the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony. This is done to symbolize all the phases that the Dervishes pass through to access God. You will find many religious themes and elements during this ceremony. 

Keep in mind that each part of the appearance, clothing and ceremony symbolizes something important. So, you must take note of all that happens to grasp the deeper meaning. 

Return To Hotel: Ones the ceremony is over, you can use it to ponder on the mystical and magical journey you just experienced while returning to your hotel.

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Questions & Answers

What is the cost of the Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Show?

Costs of the Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Show (price) Adults pay 35 €, children aged 7 to 12 pay 35 €, and children under the age of 7 are free.

Where can I see the Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Show?

The Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Ceramony is presented in Hodjapasha Cultural Center, and you may book this spectacular show through our website.

What is the Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Show?

The Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Show is a performance that showcases the spiritual and cultural traditions of the Sufi order of Mevlevi. The performance includes traditional Turkish music, poetry, and dance, with the highlight being the whirling dance performed by the Whirling Dervishes.

Is the performance suitable for children?

Yes, the performance is suitable for children. However, it is important to keep in mind that the show is quiet and meditative, so children should be able to sit quietly for the duration of the performance.

Can I purchase tickets in advance?

Yes, it is possible to purchase tickets in advance for most venues. It is recommended to do so to ensure availability, especially during peak tourist season.

Customers Reviews of Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Show

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Dalton Sawyer
Dalton Sawyer

Surreal!! What an atmosphere, what a show! I can’t get over it! We went as a family of four on our last night, and that was the best way to finish our holidays. I knew turkey has a long tradition, but this… oh, no, I wasn’t expecting that amount of beauty. It was great for the kids, too; they saw the performance and were trying to understand the idea behind it. So yes, it was like a win-win if you are a family. We enjoyed the show, and the kids learned something new. I wish we had more time there; I didn’t even realize how much time passed.


Flawless perfomance. Their clothes and the whole atmosphere the lights and music, is just phenomenal. When you compare what you pay and what you get, oh yes it is definitely recommended!

Max Wiley
Max Wiley

Im really glad that we decided to see this show and booked this tour..!
It has many interesting elements and the performers were fantastic. The venue is an old building and you can also observe interesting architecture inside. Overall we had a lovely evening and I’m really satisfied with the show. I recommend it.