Dating back to 1491 and has become a museum in 1975 under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, the Galata Mevlevi Lodge (Galata Mevlevihanesi) is an exciting museum showcases variety of Turkish calligraphic art items, music items and items belonging to the Mevlevi culture.
Situated in Galata on a 6,800 square meters vast territory, it attracts all the foreign visitors, that many wrote articles and drew designs on the lodge and the whirling dervishes.
What to See
When you walk through the narrow corridors, you will find a courtyard in sharp contrast with the European and stone masonry architecture of Beyoglu, an Ottoman-style timber building of semahane, the shrine and the fountain. You’ll be impressed with this historical texture.
The museum complex of the Galata Mevlevi Lodge entails real properties of culture that still exist today. The main museum buildings include the Semahane, Halet Efendi Shrine, Sheikh Galib Shrine, Sebilküttab building, Adile Sultan Fountain, Hasan Aga Fountain and the mevlevi cemetery “Hamuflan”.
Some of the famous men buried here include; Ibrahim Müteferrika, who established Turkey’s first modern printing press, Humbaraci Ahmed Pasha – Le Compte CA Bonneval, who founded the first Western artillery school of Turkey, Lady Leyla, first female Divan literature poet, Fasih Dede and Esrar Dede, famous Divan literature poets, and Nayi Osman Dede, a ney (a kind of saxhorn) master.
When you visit the museum of Galata Mevlevi Lodge, you’ll be informed about the lodge life, architecture and Mevlevi culture. Visitors will discover the lodge by means of art academy and also will have a chance to relax in its peaceful environment.
Whirling Dervishes Performances
Galata Mevlevi Lodge also offers Whirling Dervishes Performance which takes place every Sunday at 17:00. Tickets cost around 100 TL. Ticket counters and museum entrance close at 16:00 when there is a Sema ceremony.
If you can’t catch the Whirling Dervishes Performance at the Galata Mevlevi Lodge on Sundays, you may catch it on the below popular venues.
* Hodjapasha Culture Center– Located in Sirkeci, close to the Sirkeci train station and set in a restored 550-year-old Ottoman Turkish bath, it is the most tourist taking venue for Whirling Dervishes Performance. Whirling Dervishes Performance takes place every day at 19:00 (Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday in winter). They also offer Turkish Dance shows, a combination of folk dances performed by professional dancers.
* Sirkeci Train Station Orient Express Hall – Located in Sirkeci, in the Orient Express Hall of the Sirkeci train station, in a historical venue, it is also one of the most tourist taking venues for Whirling Dervishes Performance. Whirling Dervishes Performance takes place every day at 19:30 (except Tuesdays).
Visiting Hours & Admissions
Open every day between 09:00-17:00 except Mondays.
Whirling dervishes show take place every last Sunday of each month.
How to Get to Galata Mevlevi Lodge
You’ll find the Galata Mevlevi Lodge, where Istiklal Street ends at the Tunnel Square and leads to Galip dede street. Right at the beginning of this ramp down, on the left hand side, it welcomes you with its historic gate. See the location map.
The most practical way to get to top of the Galip dede ramp is via walking down from the Istiklal Street or up from Karakoy/Galata Tower. You should get to Karakoy or Tunel square.
- Take funicular from Karakoy to Tunel and walk down about a minute.
- Walk upwards Galip dede ramp from Karakoy.
- Walk downwards from Taksim and Istiklal Street to the end and than turn left down to Galip dede ramp.
- From Sultanahmet take the Bagcilar-Kabatas tram (T1 line) to reach Karakoy.
- If you stay at the Taksim hotels, than you easily walk to the museum.
Address: Galip Dede Street, No:15, Tunel, Beyoglu
Tel: +90 212 245 41 41