Silivrikapı Mevlâna Cultural Center

Thursday evenings

spiritual discourse with questions and answers (in Turkish with English translations of visitor’s specific questions), prayer service, hymns, and Sema Ceremony. (19.30 to 23.00)

Mevlânakapı Mah., Yeni Tavanlı Çeşme Sok. No: 8, Silivrikapı / Fatih / İstanbul –

The Contemporary Lovers of Mevlana Association was formed under the leadership of Hasan Çıkar with the title Preservers of the Galata Mevlevi Temple Association. In 1998 we took on a broader platform with the identity of The Universal Lovers of Mevlana Foundation.
For over 20 years our association has twice a month presented Sufi/mystic music concerts and the Sema Ceremony at the Galata Mevlevi Temple with the permission of the Ministry of Culture. Since 30 September 2006 we have been also offering services with the title The Universal Lovers of Mevlana Foundation in the Silivrikapı Mevlana Cultural Center which we founded and built ourselves.

In the Sema Ceremony, The Contemporary Lovers of Mevlana Association brings men and women together in service; the colorful robes bring to mind a rose garden. As a cornerstone of Turkish culture the Divine message of the Exalted Mevlana Rumi also represents contemporary Turks. Our dedicated young congregation is working to pass this Divine message on to people of today, and of future generations.

Our association is of the line of contemporary and universal defenders of the beauties springing from the common source of all the prophets and saints. Like the Exalted Mohammet, the Exalted Ali, the Exalted Mevlana Rumi, and the Headmaster, the Honorable Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, great leaders, who devoted themselves to cultural and philsophical values, the men and women of our group have given their hearts to be worthy representatives of the identity of those great ones.

In the field of Turkish music our association, made up of men and women from various backgrounds, continues to produce both new works and also contemporary interpretations of older works. With our musicians and choir we have produced 15 Mevlevi Sema Ceremonial Pieces, and close to 500 hymns in Turkish; we have 4 CD and cassettes. Both within Turkiye and abroad we have introduced these through Sufi/ Mystic Concerts and the Sema Ceremony.

Through concerts, the Sema Ceremony, conferences and seminairs, both in Turkiye and abroad our association has become the voice of the message of the Exalted Mevlana Rumi’s way of enlightened philosopy and love. We have introduced the Mevlana’s Way in: United States of America, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia, Bulgaria, Austria, Greece, Japan, and other counties.
We continue to put our efforts into furthering this way of life.
Contact: +9 0552 524 34 94 | +9 0505 498 99 23