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Galata Mevlevihanesi

Spin with the dervishes

Galata Mevlevihanesi

Galata Mevlevihanesi is the oldest dervish lodge in the city that dates back to 1491. Dervishes follow the Mevlana philosophy developed by Mevlana Celalettin Rumi born in 1207 and widely known as Rumi.

Within the complex are a peaceful courtyard and a number of tombs, including the tomb of Galip Dede, a Sufi poet. Following a recent restoration, the museum showcases interesting artifacts such as dervish garments, instruments and Qurans.

Don’t miss the Sema Ceremony (Whirling Dervishes) that is open to the public. Most performances are held on Sundays but the hours and days may change; so check in advance.

Open daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Closed on Mondays.


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