Galata Mevlevi Lodge Museum (Where? What to See? Entrance Fee)

Last Updated on October 22, 2020

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.

Galata Mevlevi Lodge Museum (Where? What to See? Entrance Fee)

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”.

Galata Mevlevi Lodge Museum (Where? What to See? Entrance Fee)


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.

Galata Mevlevi Lodge Museum (Where? What to See? Entrance Fee)

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 (Recommended)

Located in Sirkeci, close to the Sirkeci train station and set in a restored 550-year-old Ottoman Turkish bath, this is the most tourist taking venue for Whirling Dervishes Performance in Istanbul. The performances take place every day at 19:00 (Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday in winter). They also offer Rhythm of the Dance Show (Turkish Dance), a combination of folk dances performed by professional dancers.

Address: Hoca Paşa Mahallesi, Ankara Caddesi, Hocapaşa Hamamı Sk. 3/B, Fatih (See location map)


How to Book?

Booking Whirling Dervishes Show at Hodjapasha Culture Center (HCC) ONLINE is by far the best and the most convenient way to attend the show. You may not find a ticket at ticket window on location.

Tip: The show is very popular among the majority of the tourists, and you should buy your tickets at least 2 or 3 days in advance, as many dates are selling quickly.

Buy Hodjapasha Whirling Dervishes Ticket Online

Free cancellation with a FULL REFUND up to 24 hours in advance

Sarnic Restaurant (Highly Recommended)

Located in Sultanahmet, in the Historical Sarnic Restaurant, just few steps from Topkapi Palace, across the Carpet Museum, this is a new venue and has become one of the most popular ones for the best Whirling Dervishes Performance in Istanbul.

We highly recommend this venue as it is a new one and within walking distance from Sultanahmet hotels. Their performance take place on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 18:00.

Address: Sarnic Restaurant, Sogukcesme Str. No 26, Sultanahmet, Fatih (See location map)

How to Book?

Booking online is by far the best and the most convenient way to attend the show. You may not find a ticket at ticket window on location.

Tip: The show is very popular among the majority of the tourists, and you should buy your tickets at least 2 or 3 days in advance, as many dates are selling quickly.

Notice: Our website visitors will get 5% extra discount. Just click the red button below and make sure you see the discounted price on the official page.

Buy Sarnic Restaurant Whirling Dervishes Show Ticket Online

Free cancellation with a FULL REFUND up to 24 hours in advance


Galata Mevlevi Lodge Visiting Hours & Admissions

Opening Hours

Open every day except Mondays between 09:00-19:00 (from 01 April to 01 October), 09:00-17:00 (from 01 October to 01 April).

Closed on Mondays.

Ticket counters close 1 hour before the museum closing time.

Whirling dervishes show take place every last Sunday of each month.

Ticket Price

18 TL

How to Get to Galata Mevlevi Lodge

Location

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.

Transportation

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.

Check our Taksim or Galata-Karakoy pages to see how to get to Taksim or Karakoy in details.

Contact Details

Address: Galip Dede Street, No:15, Tunel, Beyoglu
Tel: +90 212 245 41 41


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi there,
    We are planning to visit your city in October this year and would like to see the ” live sufi dance”
    Can you please advise as to how to book, when and where is it performed.
    Thank you for yiur help.

    Mrs jolly

    • Hi Jolly, we wish you a nice trip. This Galata Mevlevi Lodge host of the whirling dervishes show is like once a week, sometime a month. There are also 2 popular venues. Hodjapasha Culture Center and Sarnic Restaurant. Hodjapasha is located in Sirkeci, and Sarnic is in Sultanahmet. We recommend the Sarnic Restaurant as it is a new venue and located within walking distance from Sultanahmet hotels. We explained how to book the best whirling dervishes show on page https://istanbeautiful.com/whirling-dervishes-show-in-istanbul/ , you can see the booking links. Best.

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