Istanbul’s first Sufi lodge, the Galata Mevlevihanesi, was established in 1491 and underwent numerous renovations due to the fires and earthquakes that were a common occurrence in Istanbul at the time. During the reign of Sultan Abdulmecid (1823-1861) the lodge took on its final form. When the law forced Sufi lodges to close in 1925, the Galata Mevlevihanesi building was used as a school until 1946 when it was turned into a museum. Nowadays, the Mevlevihane has lifelike exhibits that show life at the Sufi lodge as well as Sufi instruments, art, photographs, and historic maps that show the former lodges all over Turkey. Of course, one of the most important aspects of the Mevlevihane are the whirling dervish performances every Sunday at 5pm, which are absolutely mesmerising given the rich history of the building itself.
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