Dating back to 1491 and has become a museum in 1975 under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, the Galata Mevlevihanesi (Galata Mevlevi Lodge) is a lively place the mevlevihane is located on 6,800 square meters of this vast territory that variety of Turkish calligraphic art items, music items and items belonging to the Mevlevi culture are exhibited. Galata Mevlevi Lodge has always attracted the attention of foreign travellers, who wrote many articles and drew designs on the mevlevihane and the whirling dervishes.
Where is It
Galata Mevlevi Lodge is situated in the Beyoglu district, at the end of the famous Istiklal Avenue. Istiklal avenue ends at the Tunnel Square which leads to Galipdede Avenue. Right at the beginning of this avenue, on the left hand side, Galata Mevlevi Lodge welcomes you with its historic gate.
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 90 TL. Ticket counters and museum entrace 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 Eminonu, 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 Eminonu, 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).
Note that as this Whirling Dervishes Performance is very popular among the majority of the tourists, you should buy your tickets at least 2 or 3 days before the show.
Book Dervish Dancing Tickets
Hodjapasha ticket €20 — Orient Express ticket €12 — Bosphorus Sema Diner Cruise €40
Many tour dates are already selling out quickly, but you easily can buy them in advance online.
Easy cancellation with a FULL REFUND up to 24 hours in advance
Open every day between 09:00-17:00 except Mondays.
12 TL. (Muzekart+ is valid)
Address: Sahkulu Mah., Galip Dede Street, No:15, Tunel, Beyoglu, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 245 41 41