Galata Mevlevi Lodge

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15th century’s Mevlevi culture has never been this close

Galata Mevlevi Lodge is waiting for you at the heart of Beyoğlu near the Galata Palace School. Established in 1491, Galata Mevlevi Lodge displays a wide range of Turkish calligraphic art, music, and Mevlevi culture artifacts. In stark contrast to the European and stone masonry architecture of Beyoğlu, Galata Mevlevi Lodge is an Ottoman-style timber building which presents a feast for the eyes.

About The Galata Mevlevi Lodge

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Visiting Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays: 09:30 – 18:30



An opportunity to see Eastern and European architecture together.

Whirling Dervishes.

Tombs of important people.

Calligraphy and historical artefacts.

Visiting dervish cells.



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About Galata Mevlevi Lodge

Inside the Galata Mevlevi Lodge Museum, you will learn about the history of the lodge, its architecture, and Mevlevi culture. You can visit the “dervish cells” downstairs to learn about these subjects, and then move on to the other parts of the lodge that host the tombs of important people of the Anatolian Mevlevi culture in the 18th century. Once you are familiar with the culture, it is recommended to see the reminiscent of the past through an ongoing ceremony.

Every Sunday, Galata Mevlevi Lodge houses a Whirling Dervishes Ceremony for its visitors. As an art centre, Mevlevi Lodge provided its residents with many forms of art, and one of the most popular of these is the Whirling Dervishes Ceremony, which shows a journey that represents man's spiritual ascension to perfection through reason and love. Galata Mevlevi Lodge is closed on Mondays, but you can take in its beauties every other day.

Be acquainted with a spiritual tradition!

Galata Mevlevi Lodge is a tranquil place where you can look within yourself in its peaceful atmosphere if you can take your eyes of the beautifully designed lodges. From the final resting places of important people to the walnut covered floors of Sema areas where the dervishes perform their rituals, Galata Mevlevi Lodge gives its visitors dense emotions. Similar to Buddhist monks, dervishes of the Mevlevi Brotherhood try to break free from their earthly bodies. Their frame of mind can enlighten you about yourself no matter how brief your visit is.

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Monday: CLOSED

Saturday & Sunday: 09:30 - 18:30

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Galata Mevlevi Lodge Frequently Asked Questions

What are the working hours of the Galata Mevlevi Lodge?

Galata Mevlevi Lodge is open from 9.30 to 18.30 every day except for Mondays.

What is a Whirling Dervishes Ceremony?

The most known part of the Mevlevi culture, Whirling Dervishes Ceremony is a ritualistic dance that shows the dervishes whirling around themselves in a united way. The ceremony dates back to almost 800 years ago.

Who are the people lying in the tombs of the Galata Mevlevi Lodge?

Most of the tombs belong to people with the title of “Dede,” which is the highest rank in the Mevlevi brotherhood. In addition to Dedes, Galata Mevlevi Lodge is the home of the first female Divan poet, Lady Leyla.

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