Sivas is a very old city in the centre of Anatolia. Its name was Sebasteia in the Byzantine period and it was an important city in the theme of Cappadocia. After the Turks arrived, the city became an important centre during the Seljuk period. In the Ottoman period, Sivas was the capital of the province of Rum.
Sivas Congress was an assembly of the Turkish National Movement held from 4 September to 11 September 1919, which lead to the War of Independence.
Summers in Sivas are hot and dry but with low levels of humidity, and winters are bitterly cold. As with most other parts of Anatolian highland, nights even in summer are a bit chilly in Sivas, so don't forget to pack along at least a cardigan with you.
There are daily flights from Istanbul and Ankara to Sivas Nuri Demirağ Airport (VAS). A number of other cities across Turkey are also served with less frequent flights. In summer, there are weekly flights from Amsterdam and Dusseldorf.
Direct trains run daily from Ankara to Sivas, taking 10 hours. There are couchettes and a sleeping car; some trains have a buffet. The main stop along the route is Kayseri. Depending on the day of the week, these trains continue east:
For details see Turkish railways website at tcdd.gov.tr. Note that Ankara railway station is partially closed for rebuilding until early 2018, with bus replacements to Irmak 60 km east of the city, and altered timings.
There are several bus line in city center.
Here is a list of average prices for taxi rides along some important routes in Sivas:
The telephone code of the city (and surrounding towns) is (+90) 346.
There are a number of spas in the countryside surrounding Sivas.