Grab your chance to witness Istanbul's magnificent Whirling Dervishes Show and Mevlevi Sema ceremony. Enjoy the intricate musical repertoire known as ayin and embark on a mystical journey that symbolizes man's spiritual ascent through mind and love to perfection known for its whirling dervishes and dances.

Key Highlights

  • Witness an extraordinary dance show that dates back 800 years
  • Explore the HodjaPasha Culture Center, set in a restored 550-year-old Ottoman Turkish bath
  • Learn about the Mevlevi Sema spiritual journey
  • Enjoy a fantastic musical repertoire and watch the miraculous whirling dervishes

About Whirling Dervishes Show with Mevlevi Sema Ceremony in Istanbul

Witness the whirling dances and dervishes during the Mevlevi Sema ceremony at the HodjaPasha Culture Center in the heart of Istanbul. Grab a seat as you enter a 550-year-old Ottoman Turkish bath in Sultanahmet-Sirkeci and enjoy complimentary drinks during the show. A booklet will be provided containing more information about the Mevlevi Sema. A concert of traditional Turkish music kicks off the program. Be amazed by this 800-year-old cultural dance and watch as the sheiks and dervishes take their positions and honor the Prophet, Mohammed. After the chant, the dervishes perform the seven-part Sema ceremony, which symbolizes the creation of humanity. Wrap up the tour with a spiritual experience as the Sema concludes with a Fâtiha for the salvation of the nation and a prayer for the souls of all prophets, martyrs, and believers. 


  • Ticket to the ceremony
  • Program booklet
  • Complimentary drinks
  • Service charges and local taxes


  • Transportation
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

Additional Information

  • Smoking is strictly restricted to designated areas.
  • Pets are not allowed in the Whirling Dervish Show and Mevlevi Sema Ceremony.
  • The Whirling Dervish Show and Mevlevi Sema Ceremony start at 7:00 PM.
  • The duration of the Whirling Dervish Show and Mevlevi Sema Ceremony will be around 1 hour.
What to wear:
  • We recommend you dress up in line with the local customs.
  • We suggest you wear comfortable shoes.
  • Infants and toddlers between 7-12 are charged as per the child fare. 
  • Guests above the age of 12 years will be charged as per the adult fare.
Things to Note:
  • Please note that Whirling Dervish Show and Mevlevi Sema Ceremony is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Please note that Whirling Dervish Show and Mevlevi Sema Ceremony is not suitable for children under 7 years.

Cancellation Policy

  • For a full refund cancel at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour.
  • No-shows and late cancellations are non-refundable.

My Voucher

  • Your Whirling Dervish Show tickets are valid for the event date and time stated.
  • Your Whirling Dervish Show tickets will be mailed to you once you’ve made a booking. All you have to do is show the voucher with a Govt id proof.
Meeting Point:
Present your voucher at the start of the tour.


Whirling Dervishes Show with Mevlevi Sema Ceremony in Istanbul Frequently Asked Questions

Is the whirling dervish show worth it?
Seeing whirling dervishes is an unforgettable experience. It is a must-do when visiting Istanbul. The performance will leave a forever mark in any viewer's soul. This experience is worth so much more than the price of the ticket.
Where can I watch whirling dervish?
The best place to witness the Whirling Dervishes is of course in Konya, where the Mevlevi order (tariqat) was founded in the 13th century. But also in Istanbul, you have plenty of opportunities to see the Dervishes whirl.
Do whirling dervishes still exist?
In 1956, even though legislation still outlawed these Sufi sects, the Turkish government revived the whirling dervish ceremony as a cultural asset.
What nationality is whirling dervishes?
The Mevlevi is a Sufi order in Konya Province, Turkey known for their practice of whirling as a form of remembrance of God. The rituals performed by the whirling dervishes have been recognized as one of the most enduring spiritual practices in the world.
Where can I see Dervish in Istanbul?
Top two Whirling Dervish shows in Istanbul: Whirling Dervish Show in Orient Express Station. This venue is in Şirkeci Train Station close to Topkapi Palace. Hodjapasha Culture Center. Hodjapasha is a cultural center that is housed in a 15 century Hamam close to Hagia Sophia.

Ratings & Reviews

Renata Ploska
Travelled March 2023

Quick and efficient, as usual. Thank you.

Péterffy-Baricska Emese
Travelled March 2023

Correct price, fast confirmation.

Travelled March 2023

Good discount and very easy purchase

Ursula Mansson
Travelled March 2023

Easy booking !

Renata Ploska
Travelled March 2023

Quick and sufficient, as usual. Thank you. Brgds,

Whirling Dervishes Show with Mevlevi Sema Ceremony in Istanbul