Situated at an altitude of 1275 m, Sivas is the highest city of the Central Anatolian Region, and the most mountainous one with the numerous peaks. This uneven land has been the shelter of many tribes, from the earliest ages to more recent periods from which remain many notable monuments.
Sivas being at the junction point of the Persia and Baghdad caravan routes, was once a busy commercial center. During the interval between 1142 and 1171, it was the capital of the Turkish Danismend Emirs. Later, under the rule of the Seljuks, it became a cultural center, with importance given to learning and scholarship; and many related buildings were constructed by the remains of some, can still be seen today.
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Sivas offers visitors some unique cuisine options, special to the Sivas region. Some popular items include a roped bread pastry called Sivas sofrası, the Sivas kebabı, a kind of Turkish pizza called etli ekmek, and the sweet dessert dish called hurma. Restaurants and cafes are everywhere. Bakeries are also a mainstay in Sivas, where a long time ago everyone made bread at home.
Blue Madrasah - This beautiful structure with twin minarets is an exemplary examples of Selijuk architecture.
Leaden Bath - This large Turkish bath in the Ottoman style of architecture is very old and open to visitors.
Fish Spa - Located in Kangal, about an hour and a half drive away, is the Baliki Thermal Spa offering the unusual fish spa treatment designed to relax the muscles and treat psoriasis patients. Simple hotel accommodations are available for those who want to stay overnight.
Sivas has numerous upscale, mid-range, and budget hotels. The Buruciye Otel and the Sultan Hotel both offer online booking, on-site restaurants, and a mix of standard rooms and luxury suites. Budget travelers will also find many options for inns and motels.
There are several transportation options to enter or exit Sivas, and also many options for touring within the city. The Sivas airport is primarily domestic with flights to Istanbul, Antalya, Izmir, and Ankara, but there are a few international flights to Amsterdam as well.
For rail travel, there are several lines that pass through Sivas, connecting the city to Istanbul, Ankara, Diyarbakir, Tatvan, and more. Bus travel is also possible, but lengthy depending on the city of departure. For example, bus travel from Istanbul to Sivas is more than 14 hours.
Within the city of Sivas, tourists may take city buses, taxi, or hire a rental car. Walking is also possible depending on your route and destination.