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Galata Mevlevi Museum

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The Sama' ceremony is not just a show aimed at tourists. It is an act of love by the disciples... read more

Reviewed 17 July 2018
Beirut, Lebanon
Very special experience

We booked tickets for the Sema performance weeks in advance and arrived about an hour prior to the... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2018
Dirk W
Mermaid Beach, Australia
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Sahkulu Mah. Galip Dede Cad. No:15, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 245 41 41
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Reviewed 17 July 2018

The Sama' ceremony is not just a show aimed at tourists. It is an act of love by the disciples aimed at all present and humanity by and large. And as a "guest" I receive it like a privilege irrespective of my creed. So yes,...More

2  Thank 948victor
Reviewed 3 June 2018

We booked tickets for the Sema performance weeks in advance and arrived about an hour prior to the start, but the seats are "first in best dressed" and we ended up in row 3. There are lots of pillars that can obscure the view of...More

2  Thank Dirk W
Reviewed 4 April 2018

This is a smallish museum about the dervishes. the exhibits are very interesting, and the examples of the calligraphied Korans are beautiful. You can also go upstairs to see the area where they perform their ceremony. The outside is nice as well, with some seating...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We visited this place as it was included in our museum pass and it was close to Galata tower, so we decided to stop by. It is interesting to check out, but it was not a must see museum. If you have the museum pass...More

1  Thank Karla G
Reviewed 10 March 2018

If you come to istanbul a few days. You must visit this muesum. If you have to time. You must watch to derwish dance must be.

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Reviewed 16 December 2017

I'm very happy to see this museum. Very big history and will say that you have to go there and visit this museum

Thank tsvanadze
Reviewed 14 December 2017

If you are interested in the life style and philosophy of Mevlevi Dervishes, the Museum of Galata Mevlevihanesi is one of the best places to visit. You can learn more about the Mevlevi Derivshes in terms of historical facts, social and daily life activities as...More

1  Thank Ebru A
Reviewed 8 December 2017

As soon as i decided to spend 5 days (6 nights) in Konstantinoupolis (Istanbul), I wished to see this wonderful religious performance on a Sunday's afternoon (17:00) in November 2017. Did not regret it at all. Tickets bit expensive (75 TL) but actually it worth...More

1  Thank Cretan_native
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Plenty to see in terms of tombs of saints here. Interesting former dervish lodge. It did feel that this was more embellished for tourists rather than for someone looking for spirituality. All the same, I felt it was good value. Konya would likely be the...More

1  Thank Hint_of_Pepper
Reviewed 26 August 2017

The Museum is far from being a thoughtful site, which one would suggest when it comes to the very nature of a prominent dergah. Thus, it is a waste in terms of the concept and the idea of museum. A limited collection with little diligence...More

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Saiqa K
18 August 2018|
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Response from 948victor | Reviewed this property |
Hello There are 3 sema' in Istanbul. The one at the Mevlevihanesi near Galata tower has a sema' on sunday afternoons (maybe other times too. Check their website). And you cannot make reservations.
21 January 2018|
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Response from Ebru A | Reviewed this property |
Hello, In general, "Seb-i Aruz" (Sema Performance) is held in Konya. However, there might be some sessions in the Galata Mevlevihanesi. You need to ask weekly program there. Have a nice time Ebru
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