Whirling Dervishes or Turkish Dance at Hodjapasha Center

Let the rhythmic moves of this arresting event transport you back to an Ottoman court where belly dancers and performers would entertain the sultan, or witness the mysterious ceremony of whirling dervishes, whose spiritual dance brings an ancient tradition to life.

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.

Choose the Turkish Dance Night and travel to distant regions of the former Ottoman Empire. A colorful presentation of music and dance from the Anatolian, Balkan and the Caucasian regions, vivid video effects, and lights come together in a highly energetic stage performance.

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.


  • 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

Know Before You Book

  • Children 2 and younger are complimentary at the Turkish Dance Night Show.

  • Children 7 and younger are not allowed to attend the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony.

  • This venue is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Check-in is 30 minutes prior to the booked show start time.

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Hodja Pasha Cultural Center

    Ankara Caddesi Hocapasa Hamami Sk No. 3 /Istanbul 34110

Policy & Terms

You can cancel free of charge until 5 days before your reservation starts. After that time, no cancellations, changes or refunds will be made.

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105 marvinchlee   17/08/2015 10 / 10
한마디로 다른 관광지에서 볼 수 없는 수준높은 공연이었다 음식물 반입도 안되고 어수선 하지도 않은 다른 관광지에서 볼 수 없는 show 였다 딱히 음식을 살 수는 없고 차와 음료수는 무료로 마실 수 있다 공연의 수준은 한마디로 전문 dancer 라는 것을 느낄 수 있다 공연장이 규모가 크지는 않지만 내부음향이나 조명도 공연에 집중하기에 좋았다 특히 메인댄서는 매우 인상깊었다 추후에 sema 공연도 꼭 보고싶다 좌석번호가 낮은번호 부터 앞줄에 앉게 되어있으니 인터넷 예약을 일찍 하는 것이 좋다
104 Nadiria   17/08/2015 10 / 10
괜찮은 쇼극장이죠. 공연 중 설명이 같이 있다는 말을 듣고 예매했습니다. 공연자들이 굉장히 열심히 해주셨음에도 불구하고 데르비시 댄스는 보는 사람은 지루할 수 있겠구나하는 생각이 들었습니다. 아이가 있거나 이 분야에 관심이 없는 분이라면 이 쇼 볼 시간에 크루즈나 탁심에서 노시는 편을 더 추천하겠습니다.
103 Irshad A   17/08/2015 10 / 10
I went to the dervish cerimony in the Hodjapasha Center in Istanbul. Very very nice and almost hypnotic cerimony. Very interesting.
102 Naz   17/08/2015 9.8 / 10
Perfect show. You not allowed to take pictures or videos during show. Just sit back and enjoy it, so hypnotising. Very calm and spiritual.The dervish show lasted an hour. Well worth to visit.

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