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Be entranced by whirling dervishes at the Galata Mevlevi Lodge

Museums Galata Galata Mevlevihanesi

What is it? The oldest tekke (lodge) in Istanbul to house members of the Mevlevi order, the adherents of Sufism, this 15th century building was converted into a museum in 1975 and remains an important cornerstore of Sufi culture. 

Why go? A treasure trove of artifacts are on display at the museum, including musical instruments, calligraphy, Mevlevi clothing and accessories, though its prime draw is the weekly sema (whirling dervish) ceremony that entrances large numbers of visitors every Sunday at 17:00.

Don’t miss: Tickets can be acquired at the door or on online from Biletix. Since the performances are open seating, arrive early to secure a front seat. The Lodge also occasionally hosts Ottoman classical music concerts.

The oldest tekke (lodge) in Istanbul to house members of the Mevlevi order, the adherents of Sufism, this 15th century building was converted into a museum in 1975 and remains an important cornerstore of Sufi culture. A treasure trove of artifacts are on display at the museum, including musical instruments, calligraphy, Mevlevi clothing and accessories, though its prime draw is the weekly sema (whirling dervish) ceremony that entrances large numbers of visitors every Sunday at 17:00.

Address:Şahkulu, Galip Dede Cd. No:15, 34420 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Price:Museum admission 12 TL. Sema ceremony 80 TL.
Contact:Phone: (0212) 245 41 41
www.galatamevlevihanesimuzesi.gov.tr
Opening hours:Tue-Sun 09:00-16:00. Closed Mon.

Source: TimeOut / Istanbul

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