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Sivas is a city in northeastern part of Central Anatolia, Turkey.



Sivas is very old city in Anatolia. Its name was Sebastiapolis in Byzantium period and it was an important city in Capadocia Themes. After Turks came, the city passed wonderfull time in Seljuks period. In Ottoman period, Sivas was capital of State of Rum. Sivas Congress was an assembly of the Turkish National Movement held from 4 September to 11 September 1919.


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.

Get in

By plane

There are daily flights from Istanbul and Ankara to Sivas Airport (VAS). A number of other cities across Turkey are also served with less frequent flights.

By train

Trains from:

A sleeping berth on Güney Express from Istanbul costs 55 TL.

See Turkish State Railways website for more details [2].

By bus

As Turkish bus system is extensive, you can find buses from many cities in Turkey, including Istanbul (70 TL one-way, which takes around 14 hours) and Ankara among many others.

Get around


  • Buruciye Medresesi, (at the city centre), [1]. An ancient Islamic school with wonderful architecture with the usual majestic gate like the other Seljuk sites have. A nice to take lots of photographs as great sights occur as the sun moves.




  • Sıla Etli Ekmek. A great place to have etli ekmek—long thin breads topped with finely minced meat, kind of a Turkish pizza, a speciality of Central Anatolia.


  • Çerkezin Kahvesi is a good place to have a cup of Turkish coffee.



The telephone code of the city (and surrounding towns) is (+90) 346.

Get out


There are a number of spas in the countryside surrounding Sivas.

  • Soğuk Çermik is a spa center. Hafik, Todurge (Zara), and Gokpinar (Gurun) Lakes are some of the interesting nearby places for picnicking, boating and fishing.
  • Besides its historical treasures, the surrounding region possesses several other specialties, one of which is Balıklı Kaplıca, an interesting spa in the town of Kangal. It is a thermal spring, filled with tiny fish living in the hot waters, which provides a different type of cure for skin complaints. It is the only cure center in the world for psoriasis, known in Turkish as sedef hastalığı.

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