The Galata Mevlevihanesi,
or tekke (TEHK-keh), is
Whirling Dervish hall on
Galipdede Caddesi just south of Tünel
Square, at the southern
end of Beyoğlu's İstiklal
Caddesi in Istanbul
They still whirl here on an irregular schedule, with different groups doing the whirling on different dates, but usually starting at 17:00 (5:00 pm). To be sure of getting tickets, stop by the museum in advance to determine the exact time, and when you can buy a ticket (TL50).
You have other
see the dervishes whirl in
About the Galata Mevlevihanesi
Galata tekke has a long and revered
history, having been founded
in 1491 by a Ottoman grandee
from the palace of Sultan Beyazit II.
The tekke's first şeyh (sheikh,
leader) was Muhammed Semaî Sultan
Divanî, a descendant of Mevlâna
Jelaleddin Rumî himself.
The building you see is not the original,
which burned in 1765, but its replacement,
which dates from 1796 and was extensively
restored during the 19th century, also
between 1967 and 1972, and again in
2008. (Here's another
The Galata Mevlevihanesi Müzesi is open daily except Monday from 09:00am to 16:30 (4:30pm), with last entry at 16:00 (4pm). There is a small admission fee.
Galip Dede, a renowned
17th-century sheikh of this tekke,
is buried in an ornate tomb to the
left as you enter from the street.
Kumbaracıbaşı Ahmet Paşa,
better known in the west as Claude
Alexandre, Comte de Bonneval (1675-1747),
a French nobleman who converted to Islam and
entered the sultan's service as a bombardier
general, is also buried on the tekke's
Nearby is the tomb of İbrahim
Müteferrika (1674-1745), an
ethnic Hungarian Unitarian from Transylvania who converted
to Islam and established
the first Arabic/Ottoman moveable-type
printing press in the Ottoman
Empire in the 1720s.
—by Tom Brosnahan