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Les Arts Turcs - Art Gallery & Studio
Alemdar Mah Incili Çavus Sok.
No: 19 Floor : 3 (Behind The Underground Cistern)
Sufi Culture & Whirling Dervish Ceremony in a Real Monastery
Idea : During this Monastery visit & Dervish Ceremony; you will find out the story of Sufism, Sufis and their communities in Istanbul, Turkey, today. You will meet the Sufi community and their monastery, listen to their music, eye-witness the Whirling Dervishes Ceremony. The ceremonies are presented every mondays & thursdays.
Known to the west as Whirling Dervishes, the Mevlevi Order was founded by Mevlana Rumi in the 13th century. The Order wrote of tolerance, forgiveness, and enlightenment. They survive today as a cultural brotherhood. They are not theatrical spectacles but sacred rituals. The ritual of the Mevlevi sect, known as the sema, is a serious religious ritual performed by Muslim priests in a prayer trance to Allah. Mevlevi believed that during the sema the soul was released from earthly ties, and able to freely and jubilantly commune with the divine. Dervish literally means "doorway" and is thought to be an entrance from this material world to the spiritual, heavenly world. The Whirling Dervishes played an important part in the evolution of Ottoman high culture.
From the fourteenth to the twentieth century, their impact on classical poetry, calligraphy and visual arts was profound. Rumi and his followers integrated music into their rituals as an article of faith. Rumi emphasized that music uplifts our spirit to realms above, and we hear the tunes of the Gates of Paradise.
The ceremony is in a real monastery in on Monday & Thursday evenings
Meeting time is 20:00 in our Art Gallery located in Sultanahmet !
How can one participate?
You may make reservations for the programme. In order to do so, you can call us
( 0090 544 220 10 22 / 0090 212 527 68 59 ) or make the reservations by EMAIL
LOCATION of our Meeting Point in Sultanahmet :
Contact People : Mr. Alp - Mr. Nurdogan
( Phone : +90 544 220 10 22 / +90 212 527 68 59 / +90 212 638 12 15 )