Whirling Dervishes and Sufi Music Concert in Istanbul

Whirling Dervishes and Sufi Music Concert in Istanbul is available every evening except Monday and Friday.
Whirling Dervishes offers to watch a magnificent 1-hour show of the Mevlevi Sema ceremony at the HodjaPasha Culture Center in central Istanbul. You have the opportunity to witness the miracle of the whirling dances and dervishes.

The show dates back 800 years and represents in thrilling fashion the idea that everything in the universe, from atoms, to the solar system, to the blood that circulates in the body, revolves.

Sema is a spiritual journey that the soul makes to God as it becomes mature and attains unity. After the journey, it returns to its life and to serve humankind again. This thrilling program begins with a classical Turkish music concert, followed by the Sema ceremony, comprised of 7 parts.

The scene where the whirling dervishes and sheikh take their place and praise the Prophet Mohammed leaves the audience in wonder. Following the chant, a drum voice is heard and all 7 parts unfold, - the ceremony climaxes when the extraordinary whirling dervishes revolve to represent the birth of humanity.

The Sema ends with a Fâtiha for the souls of all prophets, believers, and martyrs, and a prayer for the salvation of the country.

Whirling Derwishes and Sufi Dance was chosen as the best authentic local event in 2010 by the Federation of Tourist Guides in Turkey. Do not miss this fantastic show that takes place in the fantastic HodjaPasha Culture Center, which is a restored 550-year-old Ottoman Turkish bath in Sultanahmet-Sirkeci.

Tour Highlights

  • See 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
  • Watch the miraculous whirling dervishes


  • Ticket to the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony
  • Programme booklet
  • Complementary drinks

Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Meal
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Important notes

  • You are free to change the date or cancel the ticket 48 hours before the activity for a full refund.