Galata Mevlevihanesi (Galata Dervish Lodge)

It was only the second Mevlevihane opened after the conquest of Istanbul.

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Şahkulu Mah. Galip Dede Cad. No: 15 Tünel, Beyoğlu

Visiting Hours

May, 15 – October, 1
09:00 – 19:00
October, 1 – May, 15
09:00 – 16:30

Phone +90 212 245 41 41

Located next to the Beyoğlu Tünel, the Galata Mevlevihane (Meaning lodge used by Mevlevi dervishes) was founded in 1491. Originally named the Kulekapı Mevlevihane, it was only the second Mevlevihane to be opened after the conquest of Istanbul. Built by the grandson of Mevlana (Rumi), Sema-i Mehmet Dede, it has gone through many renovations and restorations over the years.

Attaining its current form in the 19th century, its activities were stopped after the proclamation of the Republic. For many years the site was used as a primary school.

Opening its doors as a museum of classical literature in 1975, it has been transformed into a museum of Mevlevi Culture. It is possible to observe a Sema performance at the museum on Sundays at 17.00.

From the Atatürk Airport and Taksim

Take the Havataş Shuttle or public bus 96T from the Atatürk Airport to Taksim

 (1) Take the Nostaljic Tramway NT1 “Beyoğlu – Taksim” get off at “Odakule- Tepebaşı”

(2)Take the subway M2 “Şişhane – Darüşşafaka” and get off at Şişhane

(3)From Taksim, you can walk along the İstiklal Street to Tunnel

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