Istanbul Istanbul Travel
Istanbul Otels
Istanbul Information Istanbul Tour
Quick Links
MAIN PAGE
WHERE IS ISTANBUL?
HISTORY OF ISTANBUL
TURKEY INFORMATION
Weather
Telephone
Demographics
Currency
PLACES TO SEE
Istanbul Map
Dolmabahce Palace
Galata Tower
Blue Mosque
Grand Bazaar
Basilica Cistern
Hagia Sophia Church
Hippodrome Square
Istiklal Street
Topkapi Palace
Mevlevi Monastery
ISTANBUL CUISINE
SHOPPING IN ISTANBUL
Egyptian Spice Bazaar
Flea Market
Turkish Carpets
ISTANBUL HOTELS
ISTANBUL HOSTELS


Mevlevi Monastery

Mevlevi MonasteryThe Museum of Court Literature in the Mevlevi Monastery, is one of only a handful of functioning tekkes (dervish lodges) remaining in ─░stanbul. It's a slightly run-down compound and is really only worth visiting if you're here to see the sema (ceremony), and/or you feel like catching respite from the hubbub of Beyo─člu in the pleasant, shady gardens.

As you approach the tekke, notice the graveyard on the left and its stones with graceful Ottoman inscriptions. The shapes atop the stones reflect the headgear of the deceased, each hat denoting a different religious rank. The tomb of Galip Dede, the 17th century Sufi poet who gave his name to the street, lies here.

Inside the semahane (ceremonial hall), the central area was for the whirling sema (ceremony), while the galleries above were for visitors. Separate areas were set aside for the orchestra and for female visitors (behind the lattices). These days, the upstairs is only for the musicians who play during the ceremony. In the display cases surrounding the central area there are exhibits of Mevlevi calligraphy, writing and musical instruments.

Hours: Wed-Mon 9:30am-4:30pm