Mevlana Whirling Dervishes, Konya

#4 of 52 in Things to do in Konya
Performance · Concert / Show
The surreal dance of Mevlana Whirling Dervishes is said to be purifying and even transforming. A group of men in long white dresses silently appear, as the orchestra plays the sounds of ancient Islamic hymns; soon after, you'll witness a dance of continuous whirling, gentle and one-directional, characterized by a highly spiritual note. The purpose of the ceremony lies in the belief that all of the world's creation is constantly spinning. Therefore, one who spins will achieve greater perfection. Read more about the philosophy from a booklet that you can obtain at the entrance. Admission is free. Make Mevlana Whirling Dervishes part of your personalized Konya itinerary using our Konya trip itinerary app.
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  • Great show if you've never seen the Sema before. But the large venue (mainly empty due to lack of tourism right now) makes it feel less authentic.  more »
  • Traditional show- its was difficult to understand and comprehend the meaning. No variety in movement.  more »
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