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CITY & MARMARA REGION HOTELS
two continents, with one arm reaching out to Asia, the
other to Europe.
Through the city's heart, the Bosphorus Strait and the
Golden Horn, course the waters of the Black Sea and the
Sea of Marmara.
The former capital of three successive empires -- Roman,
Byzantine and Ottoman - today Istanbul
honors and preserves the legacy of its past while looking
forward to its modern future. Indeed, it is Istanbul's
variety that fascinates its visitors. The museums, castles,
palaces, great mosques, bazaars and sights of natural
beauty seem inexhaustible.
you recline on the shores of the Bosphorus at sunset,
contemplating the red evening light reflected in the windows
on the opposite shore, you understand, suddenly and profoundly,
why so many centuries ago settlers chose to build on this
times such as these, you feel that Istanbul is truly one
of the most glorious cities in the world.In addition to
its unique historical and cultural background and innumerable
attractions, the modern hotels, exclusive restaurants,
night clubs and shops make Istanbul a superb site for
Istanbul is a province
designed to be the capital and it has been the capital
of three empires which used to dominate the world. Today
the province houses the precious remains of these civilizations
and stands with all its glamour and mysticism as a harmonious
link between East and West, past and present, antique
Dervish Ceremony in Istanbul .....
Known to the west as Whirling
Dervishes, the Mevlevi Order was founded by Mevlana Rumi
in the 13th century. The Order wrote of tolerance, forgiveness,
and enlightenment. They survive today as a cultural brotherhood.
They are not theatrical spectacles but sacred rituals.
The ritual of the Mevlevi sect, known as the sema, is
a serious religious ritual performed by Muslim priests
in a prayer trance to Allah. Mevlevi believed that during
the sema the soul was released from earthly ties, and
able to freely and jubilantly commune with the divine.
Dervish literally means "doorway" and is thought
to be an entrance from this material world to the spiritual,
heavenly world. The Whirling Dervishes played an important
part in the evolution of Ottoman high culture. Whirling
Dervish Ceremony in Istanbul
IN MARMARA REGION