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Sivas (Turkey)

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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1hr 30mins from Tokat by car
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Sivas

Nicolas Landru Travel writer
117 travel articles

Sivas is a metropolitan region of 312,000 inhabitants, built at an altitude of 1,200 m on the Central Anatolian plateau, on the banks of the Kizilirmak River. A modern city with many historical monuments and a very pleasant and commercial centre.

My suggestion:
The thermal baths at Sivas are renowned, people from all over the country go there to take the waters. Visit the Sicak Çermik or the Soguk Çermik, among a multitude of establishments where you can benefit from the mineral springs of the city.

Sivas, despite at first sight its somewhat concrete and anarchic appearance, is a very nice city. I arrived there one May evening and immediately discovered the lively atmosphere around the busy shopping area of Atatürk Avenue and the rather chic Hükümet Square. I ate in a splendid Lokanta and looked forward with anticipation to my visit the next day.

It was the number of mosques, madrasas, baths and caravanserais from the Seljuk and Ottoman eras which surprised me the most. Sivas abounds with historical monuments! The Gök Medrese and the Grand Mosque, in their simplicity, are particularly impressive.

I was also rather captivated by the city's museum, which plunges visitors into the history of modern Turkey. The first section shows the Ottoman heritage of Sivas – which I'd partly seen in buildings that morning – and the second section is concerned with the Sivas Congress, a key part of Turkish unification in 1919.