Every Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday * Performance Starts at 19:00 * Performance Duration : 1 Hour * Complementary refreshment service starts at 18:30 * Seats are numbered * Not suitable for wheelchairs
TOUR CODE Mevlevi-Sufi
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PICKUP LOCATION No Shuttle Available
HIGLIHGTS Intangible Heritage, 800 Years of Tradition
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See Turkey’s whirling dervishes perform a traditional ‘sema’ Mevleviye dance ceremony at the iconic Hodjapasha Dance Theater in Istanbul! The centuries-old ceremony is a spiritual performance featuring graceful choreography, Persian chanting and traditional Turkish music, played by the on-site orchestra. Enjoy a drink and some Turkish delight from the bar, and then sit captivated as the dervishes glide around the stage in their eye-catching robes; it’s the perfect evening out for a taste of age-old Istanbul culture.
The performance of Sufis (or semazen) is called a Sema. The Sema ritual is a form of Sufi dance and was born out of Rumi’s inspiration. In the Sema, semazens, who are also called “whirling dervishes,” whirl—not to self-induce a trance, as some believe, but rather to reflect universal truth, that everything in the existence revolves: electrons, moons, planets, entire galaxies; humans live by the circulation of the blood in our bodies, by the cycle of the seasons, and by the stages of our live...........

The Mevlevi Sema Ceremony :
Mevleviye are known for their famous practice of whirling dances and dervishes. At their dancing ceremonies, or Sema, a particular musical repertoire called ayin is played. The Sema ceremony represents a mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent through mind and love to Perfect. More... Program starts with the classical turkish music concert performed by a traditional orchestra for 15 minutes. Then after The ceremony starts and lasts about 45 minutes under the amazing lighting and mystic atmosphere of Hodjapasha. Complimentary beverages and Turkish Delight service is available before the performance.

* Performed at Hodjapasa Culture Center.This Culture Center is located at the center of Historical peninsula of Istanbul and was converted from a 550 years old historical turkish bath called Hocapasa Hamami in 2008. It was originally built by Hoca Sinan Pasa who was a teacher and later vizier to Fatih Sultan Mehmet during 1470's. It was a double bath for both men and women. It was comperatively a big bath with high dome, made of cut stone and also corner walls were designed like a peacock tail. This building served as a Turkish bath till 1988. Location of the area is called Sirkeci which is next to Topkapi Palace Walls , Sirkeci Train Station formerly known also as Orient Express Train Station and Sultanahmet Area.

2017 Programme;Everyday at 19:00 pm Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday evening.

35 EUR (adult)
25 EUR (Child under 12)
No Shuttle Available :
Guest should arrange their own transportation to Hodjapasa Culture Center which is located in Sirkeci area.

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