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Sufi shrines of Istanbul

Enliven the spirit deep within as you explore a world of religious tradition with a four hour tour of the orders of Sufism in Istanbul. A rich culture marked by mysticism and the quest for the divine truth and love, journey to the dargahs, the Sufi shrines, for a glimpse into this fascinating life. Characterized by practices which focus on self-control that enable both mental and mystical insights and the loss of self, the orders of Sufism seek to attain an ultimate goal of mystical union with God. The Sufi movement consists of fraternal orders in which leaders train and assist disciples in the mastery of Sufism’s philosophical principles and ritual practices. Through this tour, you'll have the opportunity to experience Sufi practices, philosophy, and dargahs, first-hand, as you explore the multiple orders of Istanbul. As each order performs dhikr, their own unique Islamic devotional act, at various times on varying days of the week, keep in mind that the tour will be adjusted accordingly. See the dhikr of some of the most popular orders of Istanbul, including among them the Mevleviye, Cerrahiye, Celvetiye, and Nakshibendiye. Famous and beautiful literature of the Islamic world is attributed to the Sufis, and dhikr that you may witness include the writing and recitation of poetry and hymns. Another world renowned dhikr is the fascinating whirling dervish, where believers spin gracefully while performing rituals with the hope to unite with God. A true world of mysticism and intrigue, this tour of the Sufi orders of Istanbul will leave you captivated. An unrivalled display of devotion, coupled with a magical spirituality, this tour is sure to leave a lasting impression on all your senses. Enliven the spirit deep within as you explore a world of religious tradition with a four hour tour of the orders of Sufism in Istanbul. A rich culture marked by mysticism and the quest for the divine truth and love, journey to the dargahs, the Sufi shrines, for a glimpse into this fascinating life. Characterized by practices which focus on self-control that enable both mental and myst Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.Duration: 4 hours.Start/opening time: Between 1pm and 1:30pm.End/closing time: Between 5pm and 5:30 pm.Languages: English.Others: Includes guide, transportation, and permission to enter the dargahs.