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Whirling Dervishes Ceremony Cappadocia

Whirling dervishes follow the teachings of the poet and mystic Celaleddin Rumi, who lived in the 1300s. They are part of the Mevlevi order, a Sufi Muslim group. Many people perform the whirling dance, or Sema, as a way to get closer to God. There aren’t many chances to see this spiritual practice up close like at a spinning dervishes show.

Who are Dervishes or Sufis?

They’re the followers of Celaleddin Rumi (Mevlana)-the famous poet of the 13th century. Not everyone can perform the whirling dervish ceremony; they must complete rigorous spiritual and physical training that takes them on a spiritual journey. A Sufi (Sema) is a person who prays, whirls, sings, and says prayers in ceremonies.

What to Expect?

When whirling dervishes put on a show, they are following a rite that is full of history and meaning. As a symbol of the ego’s tombstone, the actors wear traditional white robes and tall felt hats. As you spin in a circle with one arm raised to the sky and the other down, the Sema dancers carefully plan their moves to show how heaven and earth are connected.A whirling dervishes show in Cappadocia is a unique and unforgettable cultural experience that showcases the spiritual traditions of Turkey.

Tour details

During your holidays in Cappadocia you can immerse yourself into the culture and the tradition of the Dervishes. The Cappadocia Dervishes Ceremony is the ideal excursion for those who are interested in exploring the culture and for those who wish to enjoy a thrilling evening. A magical and mystic atmosphere along with traditional music, costumes and dances is what you should expect during this excursion. The Cappadocia Dervishes Ceremony will be a truly memorable experience.

This memorable excursion starts during the evening. A comfortable, modern and fully air conditioned vehicle will pick you up from your hotel in Cappadocia and drive you towards the place where the ceremony takes place. By the very first moment you enter the building where the ceremony takes place, you will be thrilled by the flawless mystical atmosphere. It has to be noted that mysticism is one of the main features of the Dervishes’ ceremony and ideology.



Tour program

-We will pickup you from your hotel

1 Hour Dervishes Ceremony

–Hotel Transport with a comfortable luxury car

-Language on the tour is English

-options for time: 16:00 or 18:00
-The show consists of 7 different parts of a mystic cycle to perfection and will be performed by 2 musicians, 5 whirling dervishes, and 1 whirling dervish-lead.

-Your English-speaking guide will be there throughout the 1-hour ceremony to explain the traditions, and you’ll also have the opportunity to try ‘Serbet’, a sweet cordial drink enjoyed by the Sufis.
-drop off your hotel