Galata Whirling Dervish Hall - Istanbul

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Galata Whirling Dervish Hall - Istanbul

 

Sala Dervisci Rotanti

A dancing hall of the mystical Mevlevi order, shut down in 1925 along with all other 'reactionary' movements in Turkey.
Today the building houses the Museum of Divan Literature, but the best time to come is Sundays between 3pm to 5pm when dervish ceremonies are staged (buy tickets in advance, as space is limited).
Also check out the small graveyard next door, where the carved fez perched upon the gravestone indicates the occupant's rank in the dervish hierarchy.

 

Sights not to be missed in Istanbul:

» Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya)

» Topkapi Palace (Topkapı Sarayı)

» Sultanahmet Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii, The Blue Mosque)

» Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici)

» Gran Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı)

» Egyptian Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı, also known as Spice Bazaar)

» Istanbul Archaeology Museum

» Süleymaniye Mosque (Süleymaniye Camii)

» Bosphorus Cruise

» Turkish Baths

» Chora Church (Kariye Müzesi)

» Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art

» Hippodrome

» Galata Whirling Dervish Hall

» Galata Tower

» Pera Palas Hotel

» Miniaturk

» The Princes' Islands