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Saruhan Exhibition and Culture Center

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Address: Yeni kayseri Yolu 6 km, Nevsehir 505000, Turkey
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Full-Day Cappadocia Tour with Kaymakli Underground City and Traditional Villages
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Enthralling Ceremony

An authentic dervish ceremony by a local seme in a restored carevanserai with an opportunity for photos after ceremony. Pleasantly surprised that this was not the kind of "show... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2015

The restored 13th century Saruhan Caravanserai near Avanos is a beautiful, historic setting to witness an authentic whirling dervishes ceremony one evening during a visit to Cappadocia. The one-hour ceremony is a religious ritual, not a cultural performance. Consequently, photography is not permitted, except for during a brief repetition of one element of the ceremony at the conclusion (which is... More 

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Reviewed 28 November 2015

An authentic dervish ceremony by a local seme in a restored carevanserai with an opportunity for photos after ceremony. Pleasantly surprised that this was not the kind of "show" you see in some other areas of the country. Our tour guide had explained the ceremony to us prior so it made the ceremony that much more meaningful.

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Juneau, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2015

This is an excellent place to see whirling dervishes. The setting seems perfect for a religious ritual of this nature. The dancing is performed in a performance room within a structure that was originally constructed as a roadhouse for travelers along the Silk road - traders would stay along their journey in place that offered them and their goods protection... More 

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San Francisco Bay Area
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2015

You're a traveler. You probably only have a VERY limited time in the area. If that's the case - then I might respectfully suggest you take a pass on the Dervish ceremony. If you REALLY want to go, this is by far the best spot we saw in Turkey - it's a wonderful old Caravansarai. But you sit down, and....you... More 

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istanbul
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2015

This is probably the most genuine performance of this kind.Setting is very apropriate.This 13 th century building take you back in time.The evening show is probably more effective for seeing the building outdoor area after show.

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Mountain View, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 383 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2015

If you can't see the dervishes in Konya, the heart of Sufi Islam and the final resting place of the Mevlana, this is a decent place to see them. It's a must-do during a first trip to Turkey, such a unique cultural experience you can't really get elsewhere in the world. The dervishes here are really skilled and very invested... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2015

We had a great experience with this show. To think it will just be whirling dance, we were blown by the experience. This is a good show to see. The Saruhan Center also presented a short movie clip about the history of Turkey.

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British Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2015

Although you can see the whirling dervishes in several places in Turkey, seeing them "dance" in this building made the experience more meaningful. The building, originally one on the caravan route to the east, has been restored and is a beautiful structure. One can see the rooms where the people in the spice trade slept as they passed through the... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 22 June 2015

We had just one day in Cappadocia and we had to decide between watching this performance or doing the Turkish Nights. Yenner, our guide for the Underground City convinced us to go to the Saruhan. Thank you Yenner ! The performance is in a beautiful building Caravanserai, which used to house travellers doing the Silk Route. The performance was awesome... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2015

Caravanserai were the fortress inns at day-long stops along the silk road from Eurasia to China where the camel caravans would stop for the night. The Sultahan caravansarai or Saruhan Exhibition and Culture Center, located between Aksaray and Konya,is the largest of some 120 in Anatolia (Asia Minor) and well preserved (that hasn't been turned into a hotel) from the... More 

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