The dervishes still whirl on the last Sunday afternoon of every month, in their hall on Galipdede Caddesi. The sect has been outlawed, so it is not allowed to worship here, but rather to put on a cultural display. The hall where this occurs is a small museum (museum admission is very cheap, less than $1 I think), with calligraphy examples and dervish clothing on display. For the whirling ceremony, buy your tickets in advance (maybe $5 each), at the little booth out front--it gets very crowded and often sells out.
The whirling ceremony is very interesting (at least for a while--after an hour or so it gets pretty boring watching them whirl), with the colorful costumes, exotic museum, and the ca...Read More