Dervish Ceremony in Kızlaragasi Medrese


Whirling Dervish Ceremony in Kızlaragasi 

Known to the west as Whirling Dervishes, the Mevlevi Order was founded by Mevlana Rumi in the 13th century. The Order wrote of tolerance, forgiveness, and enlightenment. They survive today as a cultural brotherhood. They are not theatrical spectacles but sacred rituals.

The ritual of the Mevlevi sect, known as the sema, is a serious religious ritual performed by Muslim priests in a prayer trance to Allah. Mevlevi believed that during the sema the soul was released from earthly ties, and able to freely and jubilantly commune with the divine. Dervish literally means “doorway” and is thought to be an entrance from this material world to the spiritual, heavenly world.

The Whirling Dervishes played an important part in the evolution of Ottoman high culture.
From the fourteenth to the twentieth century, their impact on classical poetry, calligraphy and visual arts was profound. Rumi and his followers integrated music into their rituals as an article of faith. Rumi emphasized that music uplifts our spirit to realms above and we hear the tunes of the Gates of Paradise.


Whirling Dervish Ceremony in Sultanahmet
Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday, Saturday, and Sunday @19:00 in Sultanahmet

  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
  • Location: Sultanahmet / ISTANBUL

Whirling Dervish Ceremony in Dede Efendi House Sultanahmet / Istanbul

“Be a lover , a lover. Choose love that you might be a chosen one.”

This is the Ceremony of the Spiritual Whirling Dervishes of Istanbul. You will experience the ritual, show of the Whirling Dervishes, take pictures, listen to the live music of the Whirling Dervishes in istanbul in a beautiful atmosphere. We start the ceremony with the live music with 4 musician. Then 4 or 5 dervishes will come to the ceremony hall and perform the ritual. Total ceremony will be app 1 hour.

  • Experience the Unique Whirling Dervish Ceremony
  • Take pictures and videos during the Show
  • Visit one of the Sufi House of Istanbul

How can one participate?

You can make reservations from here ( online ), you can E-Mail us or you can visit our ticket center in advanced and make your reservation in person.  Here are our details ;

Istanbul Dervish Ceremony Reservation Office – Old IstanbulCOM

Cankurtaran Mah. Ishakpasa Cad. No: Sultanahmet 34400
( Senguler Tourism )
Istanbul, Turkey

1 Person :600 Turkish Lira Per Person
Children ( Under 12 years old ):
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