Whirling Dervish Silivrikapi Monastery Istanbul

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Sufi Cultures & Whirling Dervish Ceremony in a Monastery

Whirling Dervish Ceremony Real Monastery in Fatih Every Thursday @ 20:00 pm

Duration: 120 minutes (approx.) BCS. it is not a touristic show, durations are flexible.
Location: Sultanahmet / ISTANBUL
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.

Sufi Culture & Whirling Dervish Ceremony in a Real Monastery

Idea: During this Monastery visit & Dervish Ceremony; you will find out the story of Sufism, Sufis, and their communities in Istanbul, Turkey, today. You will meet the Sufi community and their monastery, listen to their music, eye-witness the Whirling Dervishes Ceremony. The ceremonies are every Thursday. ( Not Touristic Show )

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.

The ceremony is in a real monastery on Thursday evenings
The meeting time is 20:00 pm in our Culture Center located in Sultanahmet!

How can one participate?
You can make reservations from here ( online ), you can e-mail us or you can visit our culture center in advanced and make your reservation in person.

Lecture : Before we leave from sultanahmet, we do a small conversation for 5-10 min. about the Ceremony, Sufism & Islam. If you have any questions, we can try to answer them before or after the ceremony. We also provide small documents about the evening programme in our monastery.

Dress Code : Long Sleeves & Long pants or skirts. It is a religious ceremony in the monastery, not a touristic show therefore please respect the dress code.

Photography : Yes you can take pictures without flash and not disturbing the Ambiance of the Monastery.

** Please note that there may be a little time changes and flexibility on the ceremony due to the prayer hours.

** Also we are taking limited number of guests to the monastery in order not to disturb the ambiance.

Sema Ceremony in our Monastery

The flutists, drummers, chanters, and choir are developed into an ensemble called “Mutrip”. The Mutrip takes its place in the front part of the Sema chamber. Directly across from the entrance to the chamber is the sheepskin (called the post) of the sheik, the spiritual master. The line between the sheepskin and the entrance is called the equatorial line. This is the shortest path to unity, reaching reality. It is never stepped on by anyone but the sheik.
The sheikh represents Mevlana. During the ceremony the sheepskin is the greatest spiritual level. It’s red colour signifies birth and existence.

Zikr – Meditation
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.

Ilahi – Sufism Music
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.

Whirling Dervish Ceremony Man and Woman Together
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.

The ceremony is in a real monastery in on Thursday evenings
Meeting time is 20:00 pm in our Travel Agency and Art Gallery located in Sultanahmet !!!

LOCATION of our Gallery :

1 Person :30 Euro Per Person
Children ( Under 12 years old ):15 Euro Per Person
Children ( Under 6 years old ): Free
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