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Tickets for Whirling Dervishes Show & Mevlevi Sema in Istanbul

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Enlighten your senses by witnessing the Mevlevi Sema ceremony and the UNESCO-listed ceremonial dance ritual performance by the Whirling Dervishes at Istanbul’s Kizlaragasi Medrese.


  • Immerse yourself in the mysticism of the Mevlevi Sema ceremony with a breathtaking performance at Istanbul’s Kizlaragasi Medrese while enjoying a welcome drink.

  • Experience the magic of the Whirling Dervishes as they perform their dance ritual dating back 800 years and leave you utterly mesmerized.

  • Admire the Sufi-inspired traditions and rituals of the Mevlevi Order and surrender to the spiritual ambiance created by the performers.

  • Did you know? The Mevlevi Order was founded by the followers of the world-renowned poet Jalaluddin Muhammad Balkhi Rumi after his death in the 13th century.


  • Entry to Kizlaragasi Medrese

  • Complimentary drinks

cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

These tickets are valid for 24 months from the date of purchase.

Watch The Whirling Dervishes Twirl Their Way Into Your Hearts

Head to the historic Kizlaragasi Medrese in Istanbul’s Old City for a cultural evening replete with an enthralling performance by the Whirling Dervishes. These mystical performers of the Mevlevi Order will take you on a spiritual journey over the next 60 minutes. You will get to witness their seven-part Sema ceremony symbolizing the birth of humanity. The Dervishes dress in white flowing gowns and twirl elegantly as a way of answering a higher call to the Almighty. Their soulful choreography is accompanied by a live orchestra playing traditional Persian and Turkish music. As the semazens create an enchanting atmosphere by whirling around in a trance-like state, they help you reach a state of nirvana.

A Closer Look Into the Centuries-Old Traditions of the Mevlevi Order

The venerable tradition of the Mevlevi Order believes in connecting with the Almighty through music and meditation, much like its founder Rumi did some 800 years ago. Their religious dance ritual known as ‘sema’ is only performed by dervishes as a prayer offering to Allah. Each and every aspect of the ascetic dance ritual holds spiritual relevance. For instance, their white and black costumes signify the inevitability of birth and death respectively. While the conical felt hats, called sikke, represent the ego.

Important Information

  • Photography is allowed during this experience.


  • This experience is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the redemption point.

  • Please arrive at the redemption point 15 mins before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

Ticket Redemption Point

  • Show your ticket at Kızlarağa Medresesi.

  • Address: Alemdar, Hoca Rüstem Sk. No:6, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye.

Get Directions to the Redemption Point

Getting There

By Tram

  • The closest tram stop is Sultanahmet. It is a quick 1- minute walk to the redemption point.

  • Board tram #T1 and more to get you there.

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Sultanahmet Square. It is a quick 8-minute walk to the redemption point.

  • Board bus #TB2 to get you there.

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