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Pamukkale: Live Whirling Dervishes Ceremony & Sema Ritual

4.3 / 5

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Activity provider: TOURMANIA

Pamukkale: Live Whirling Dervishes Ceremony & Sema Ritual

Activity provider: TOURMANIA

From US$ 20.03 per person

Immerse yourself in Turkish tradition and experience the ritual of Sema at a live whirling dervishes ceremony. Enter into the home of the dervishes and learn about their complex spiritual beliefs.

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Duration 1 hour
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  • Experience Sema- the whirling dervishes ceremony
  • Learn the complex spiritual beliefs behind this ancient Turkish ritual
  • Enjoy a religious drink called Serbet
  • Explore Turkish culture and history
Full description
The Sema ceremony represents the mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent through love and his search for truth and perfection. It is believed that once man has returned from his spiritual journey, he can love and be of service to all creatures surrounding him. Tonight, you have the opportunity to experience an authentic Pamukkale ceremony and witness an ancient Turkish ritual. You will be collected from your accommodation in Pamukkale and transported by luxury air-conditioned transport to the Dervish house. These abodes were built when trade across Turkey in medieval Seljuk times was dependent on camel trains. The buildings provided accommodation for the merchants and stabling for their animals. Today these ancient structures are the site of The Sema. The ceremony lasts for one hour and during this time your friendly and professional English-speaking guide will talk you through the ceremony and introduce you to Serbet, a traditional religious libation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Live entertainment
  • A soft drink called Serbet
  • Food
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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4.3 /5

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We were picked up and welcomed by the Dervish teacher, who later took part in the ceremony. He told us a bit about himself and his dervish career. As we were the first guests to arrive, we were offered tea and to wait in their office area until the other guests started to arrive. I found the ceremony itself interesting and at the end they give you the opportunity to film and take pictures. I also found the sherbet drink which they provide after the ceremony really delicious. After the ceremony, the ceremony musicians drove us back to our hotel and dropped us off in the town as we asked for them to do. Overall a pleasant experience.

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November 11, 2022

They came to pick us up at the hotel and took us to the show grounds. Friendly staff. With explanatory brochures in almost all languages. The ceremony is spectacular, hypnotizing. There is a related shop on site and we were offered a drink upon completion. Highly recommended.

August 17, 2022

Product ID: 400767