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Galata Mevlevi Museum

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Address: Sahkulu Mah. Galip Dede Cad. No:15, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 245 4141
09:00 - 16:30
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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A peaceful retreat in a busy city

We didn't see the Whirling Dervish performance here (booking at the Hodjapasha ceremony instead) but we did visit the museum and found it to be very informative and relaxing... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We didn't see the Whirling Dervish performance here (booking at the Hodjapasha ceremony instead) but we did visit the museum and found it to be very informative and relaxing - compared to the bustle of the city outside. The entry price is included in the good value 5 day Museum Pass.

Thank JJHDerbyshire
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Dear tourists: If you're going to a RELIGIOUS CEREMONY (Even if they're nice enough to admit tourists), PLEASE make sure you get there AT or BEFORE the time it starts. NOTHING is more annoying and makes you look like an undesirable than opening the door leading from the bright outside to a dimly lit room and then making a lot... More 

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Trstenik, Croatia
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

On the recommendation of our guide, we wanted to experience the Whirling Dervishes. There is a weekly performance on a Sunday at 5pm at the Mevlevi Museum, which is just off the end of the main İstiklal Caddesi, close to the Şişhane metro stop and the top end of the Tünel funicular railway at Beyoğlu. The concierge at our hotel... More 

2 Thank Propaganda_Machine
Chengdu, China
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

This museum is included on the Istanbul Museum Pass, so you might as well stop by if you have the pass and are passing through Pera. On the other hand, it is not unmissable unless you are heavily into Sufism or Turkish history. The museum has a few assorted tombs but the focus is a three-storey house which was a... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

I recomend to visit this museum and know more about Dervishes and Sufism. 2 floors and many rooms to visit. Highly recomended.

1 Thank Meritxell d
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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Nice spritual place to be, if near by should see it, very old building, restorated. Come whatever you are is the mentality of the this tarikat

Thank brksnmz
Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016

We were walking by and found this museum by accident...but was pleasantly surprised that it is covered by the Museum Pass. We did not see the performance but the museum grounds and the building was very nice. It was interesting reading some of the history behind the religious ceremony. It was also nice to spend some quiet time away from... More 

2 Thank SixpackDC
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 1 July 2016

My husband and I loved the Whirling Dervish's ceremony that we saw. It was mesmerizing, so glad we saw it. The price was 70 Turkish lire, but they were already letting people in as we were buying our tickets, so the man sold them for 60. The museum is worth a visit too, we came back on a different day... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016

I liked the whole performance and dervish dance. Music and their moves made me feel calm and peaceful. Highly recommend However,keep in mind that you will be distracted by crazy people with camera,which are really too annoying!! You can buy ticket for 70 TL on Sunday starting from 9 am. Museum is also very nice,and area around too. Entrance fee-10... More 

2 Thank Daria I
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Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

We loved the beautiful and mesmerising Sema ceremony which I was informed by a returning local was the most authentic to be witnessed in the city but be aware currently they only take place on the second Sunday of each month at 16:30... The museum website doesn't make this clear.

2 Thank AidanS_43

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