Whirling dervishes! Is it possible to see them in istambul without having to go to a touristyexpensive show?? thanks, linden


City: Istanbul

Province: Istanbul

Country: Turkey


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yes why not... here is one of the best place o see dervishes...


Open only in summer.

The Derviş’ paved courtyard, which is
superbly located directly opposite the Blue
Mosque, beckons patrons with its comfortable
cane chairs and shady trees. Efficient
service, reasonable prices and peerless
people-watching opportunities make it a
great place for a leisurely tea, nargileh and
game of backgammon.

Dervish Family Tea Garden; Mimar Mehmet Ağa
Caddesi, Cankurtaran; h9am-11pm, closed
winter; Sultanahmet

Kabasakal Sok. N:2 Sultanahmet Cami – Ayasofya Yakınında
Sultanahmet Mah. , Eminönü – İstanbul

tel :
+90 (212) 5161515
This is web page.

- Ticket price : Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday: 35 TL (nearly 25 USD) , Saturday: 45 TL (nearly 30 USD)

Please have a reservation before you come!

Communication addresses:

e-posta :

Ticket reservation call center (09:00 - 17:00) : +90 212 252 07 73

GSM (08:00 - 21:00) : +90 535 - 2104565

+90 505 - 6780618

to see the real dervishes you will have to go to konya central turkey .all the rest of this kind of attractions are real tourist stuff .sorry
in istanbul all the whirling dervishes ceremonies are the touristical attractions ;the shows.If you are looking for a good and cheap show I suggest you to go to HODJA PASHA CENTER .Other wise The real ceremonies are in Konya City.
Or,( the only real possibility in istanbul )
The Galata Mevlevihanesi, is a Mevlevi Whirling Dervish hall on Galipdede Caddesi just south of Tünel Square, at the southern end of Beyoğlu's Istiklal Caddesi in Istanbul.

Officially, it is now used as a Museum of Divan Literature (Divan Edebiyat Müzesi), preserving examples of Ottoman literary works, inscriptions and calligraphy, but most visitors came here in recent years to see where the dervishes whirled.

Unfortunately, the dervish hall is CLOSED for restoration. It's scheduled to re-open in December 2010.


Thanks, i thought this migth be the case. Alas i missed the free saturday performance in Konya as i had to leave. By the way, even the place you suggest has very bad reviews on TripAdvisor.
Thanks for your help.
All the best,

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