Sufi Dance Show in Istanbul

Hodjapasha Whirling Dervish

If you are interested in a mystic performance, Sufi Dance gives you an idea about dervishes. Hodjapash Cultural Center is the best place where you can watch dervish dance. This performance is also known, Sema Show. While you are in Istanbul and just make yourself one hour free for an amazing show. We are glad to arrange your Sema ticket and you can book it online.

Duration: 1 Hour
Tour Type: Regular
Departure Days: Everyday
Start: 19:00
End: 20:00


Dervish Dance starts at 19:00 in Hodjapasha Cultural Center where is located in the old city. Make your own way to the here and be ready at 18:30. The place was a 15th century Turkish Bath and converted into Cultural Center. Upon arrival there you will be welcomed under the huge dome and traditional drinks will be served then Sema Show starts. This show is very unique ritual and it has 800 years of history. Founder of Sufism idea is Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi who was looking for the spiritual ascent to “perfection” through mind and love. It is a really unmissable experience of music and moves. It is in The UNESCO’s Intangible WORLD HERITAGE LIST since 2005.


  • Whirling Dervish Performing
  • Sufi Music
  • Traditional Soft Drink
  • Local Taxes
  • Service Charge
  • Personal Expenses
  • Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off


Ask for your Free Multi-Language Booklet.
Under 7 years old children are not allowed.
Taking photos or videos is not allowed.
Please be ready at the show saloon 30 minutes before the show’s start time.
Our theater is not suitable for wheelchairs.

Important Notice:
Latecomers are allowed to enter the Sema session first 5 minutes for the sake of a peaceful ceremony. Booking of visitors who come later than 10 minutes is regarded as a No-Show and the ticket price will not be refunded.


  1. Ahmad

    Great dervishes ceremony in Istanbul, impressed to see. I think it is a must when you visit this mystic city, Istanbul. Don’t miss that performance if you come to Istanbul. Excellent experience highly recommended in Istanbul.

  2. Janet

    I like the peaceful and mystic dancing, so beautiful music. They will become the most memorable part of my life experience. Amazing Sufi dance show…

  3. Rob

    Authentic cultural experience! we’re so glad we went to the Whirling Dervishes ceremony after the day tour in Istanbul. That was an excellent cultural, musical, and spiritual experience. The saloon is so atmospheric with mistic music. we wish more tourists were there.

  4. Richard

    Whirling Dervish Sema ceremony and sufi dancers… That was a fascinating opportunity to observe a ‘private’ religious ceremony. I had seen a public Dervish ceremony in ABD many years earlier and then learned more about the Dervishes during a visit to Konya city, a major Dervish center, six days before this opportunity. During this ceremony, photographs were not allowed in the saloon and I’m pleased to report that the 40-50 attendees respected that request. After the ceremony, the dance members spent about time recreating the ceremony for the benefit of anyone who wanted to take photographs. I found the evening to be both interesting, mystic and uplifting.

  5. Mathilda

    My husband wanted to join this show too much. Actualy i was thinking im gonna get bored of it. Anyhow booked our tickets from this agency. Before start the show they serve us somethings to drinks. drinks. Than show started. That was realy AMAZING! Never seen anything lke that. Specialy music and the atmosphere was stunning. Im sure we will visit the one in Konya too.

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