There is definitely one thing of Galata Mevlevi Museum that attracts the visitors the most- its whirling Dervish hall. Erected in 1491 and renovated in 1608, this place was built by an Ottoman grandee from the palace of Sultan Beyazit II. This museum is dedicated to the ordinary Turkish people who chose to follow a life of Sufism and followed the poet Rumi. It displays their clothes, books, art, and musical instruments. If you wish to see and experience what Dervishes did, book for the whirling dervish shows.
- Flash photography is prohibited.
- Museum is a non-smoking zone.
- The place is disabled-friendly.
Free entry for the following:
- 18 years old and younger teens and children of citizens of the Republic of Turkey.
- 65 years and older citizens of the Republic of Turkey.
- Veterans, spouses and children of martyrs and veterans.
- Citizens of the Republic of Turkey with an entourage of people with disabilities.
- For other categories, check the website.
- Whirling Dervishes on every Sunday at 5:00pm.
- Special Days: The First Day of Eid is closed/Half-day visit.
- Summers (April to Oct): Box office closing time at 6pm.
- Winters (November to March): Box office closing time at 4pm.
- By Metro: Sishane
- By Tram: Karakoy, then funicular to Tunel.
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1.01% of people who visit Istanbul include Galata Mevlevihanesi in their plan
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If one is able to remove to extreme photo shooting - continuous movement for better photo angles and can enter into the intented trance experience, it is a beautiful - touristic activity on a Sunday afternoon. Please don't watch a performance from an iPad when it's happening right in front of you.
It is a poetic museum for those who know literature and can read Persian. The atmosphere takes you to the time that the scripts belong to. The stones and their poetic verses are in Arabic and Persian. You can visit it for free if you have the touris museum card of the government depended museums.
Nice museum abou history of devishes...It is pitty that you are not alowed to photo inside. Tickets for museum are included in museum pass.Tickets (80 TRY) for show Whirling Dervishes, can be bought on saturday 11 o clock in front of museum. I enyijed the show. Show is on Sunday at 5 o clock. Come early so you can get good seats. Known to the west as Whirling Dervishes, the members of the Mevlevi Order (named for their founder Mevlana) from Konya lived in what we might call coisters or monasteries - what to them was a Mevlevihane. It is a product of late Ottoman architecture, and quite elaborate in having a tomb, a large chamber for the ceremony of the whirling dance (Sema), a fountain from which water was charitably distributed to the public, a time keeper's room, cells for the dervishes, separate quarters for the Master, a section for women, a chamber of silence, a po (Whirling Dervishes) are among the enduring as well as the most exquisite ceremonies of spirituality. The ritual whirling of the dervishes is an act of love and a drama of faith. It possesses a highly structured form within which the gentle turns become increasingly dynamic as the individual dervishes strive to achieve a state of trans. The music that accompanies the whirling from beginning to end ranges from somber to rhapsodical; its effect is intended to be mesmerizing. Chanting of poetry, rhythmic rotation, and incessantusi create a synthesis which, according to the faithful, induces a feeling of soaring, of ecstasy, of mystical flight.
I had an incredible experience viewing the twirling dervish here. It was a little boring at moments but overall it was quite amazing. They only have space for 150 people so get your tickets early on Sunday.
After having visited several Mevlevi lodges in other cities, it was nice to see the one in Galata with its beautiful semahane. I especially liked the quiet peaceful atmosphere in the garden, a good place to rest the mind after a busy day on Istiklal.