Near the mighty Hagia Sophia Basilica and the magnificent Topkapi Palace, Hodjapsha Cultural Center is a delightful piece of the city’s striking cultural mosaic. Transformed from a large 15th-century hamam (Turkish bath), it now welcomes visitors under its high dome ceilings to showcase some of the best of this vast country’s traditions.
Watch the mystical ritual of the Mevlevi Order, whose whirling dance has been declared a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity. The Sema ceremony is a journey through man’s spiritual ascent to “perfection” through mind and love—a truly unmissable and astonishing experience of music and moves.
Exhibition features Information displays about dervishes and their ceremony , objects belonging to the world of dervishes such as clothing , musical instruments and personal tools , books. Also Interactive Rumi poems and sufi music samples, Hyperrealist style dervish statues and Video shows are part of this unique exhibition.
Hodjapasha Culture Center
3 Hocapaşa Hamamı Sokak
Ancient rituals and dances in a 15th-century hamam
UNESCO Heritage “Sema” ceremony of whirling dervishes
Traditions of the former Ottoman Empire
Refreshing Turkish drinks under tall dome ceilings
Astonishing performances in mystical lights
Admission to Hodjapasha Cultural Center
Beverages (selection of tea, Turkish coffee, water, and juice)
Mevlevi Sema Ceremony & Exhibition
Multi Language Explanation Booklet
Know Before You Book
Children 5 and younger are not allowed to attend the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony.
This venue is not wheelchair accessible.
Check-in is 45 minutes prior to the booked show start time.
You can cancel free of charge until 7 days before your reservation starts. After that time, no cancellations, changes or refunds will be made.
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Andrew A 25/01/2018 10 / 10
It was beautiful and moving. I highly recommend it for anyone who appreciates people expressing their spirituality.