Sufi Culture & Whirling Dervish Ceremony in a Real Monastery
Idea : During this Monastery visit & Dervish Ceremony; you will find out the story of Sufism, Sufis and their communities in Istanbul, Turkey, today. You will meet the Sufi community and their monastery, listen to their music, eye-witness the Whirling Dervishes Ceremony. The ceremonies are presented every mondays & thursdays.
Known to the west as Whirling Dervishes, the Mevlevi Order was founded Mevlana Rumi in the 13th century. The Order wrote of tolerance, forgiveness, and enlightenment. They survive today as a cultural brotherhood. They are not theatrical spectacles but sacred rituals. The ritual of the Mevlevi sect, known as the sema, is a serious religious ritual performed Muslim priests in a prayer trance to Allah. Mevlevi believed that during the sema the soul was released from earthly ties, and able to freely and jubilantly commune with the divine. Dervish literally means “doorway” and is thought to be an entrance from this material world to the spiritual, heavenly world. The Whirling Dervishes played an important part in the evolution of Ottoman high culture.
From the fourteenth to the twentieth century, their impact on classical poetry, calligraphy and visual arts was profound. Rumi and his followers integrated music into their rituals as an article of faith. Rumi emphasized that music uplifts our spirit to realms above, and we hear the tunes of the Gates of Paradise.
The ceremony is in a real monastery in on Monday & Thursday evenings
Meeting time is 20:00 in our Art Gallery located in Sultanahmet !
How can one participate?
You may make reservations for the programme. In order to do so, you can call us
( 0090 544 220 10 22 / 0090 212 527 68 59 ) or make the reservations EMAIL
LOCATION of our Meeting Point in Sultanahmet :
Contact People : Mr. Alp – Mr. Nurdogan
( Phone : +90 544 220 10 22 / +90 212 527 68 59 / +90 212 638 12 15 )
Here is our adres : http://www.bazaarturkey.com/contact_us1.htm
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Les Arts Turcs – Art Gallery & Studio
Alemdar Mah Incili Çavus Sok.
No: 19 Floor : 3 (Behind The Underground Cistern)
Lecture : Before we leave from sultanahmet, we do a small conversation for 5-10 min. about the Ceremony, Sufism & Islam. If you have any questions, we can try to answer them before or after the ceremony. We also provide small documents about the evening programme in our monastery.
Dress Code : Long Sleeves & Long pants or skirts. It is a religious ceremony in the monastery, not a touristic show therefore please respect the dress code.
Photography : On Mondays, No Photography Allowed. On Thursdays, you can take pictures without flash and not disturbing the Ambiance of the Monastery.
** Please note that there may be a little time changes and flexibility on the ceremony due to the prayer hours.
** Also we are taking limited number of guests to the monastery in order not to disturb the ambiance soo please send us an e-mail in advanced.