Çifte Minare Medrese
Commissioned by the Mongol-İlkhanid vizier Şemsettin Güveyni after defeating the Seljuks at the battle of Kosedağ, the Çifte Minare...
The squat Ottoman Kale Camii (1580) was constructed by Sultan Murat III's grand vizier Mahmut Paşa.
The Bürüciye Medresesi's monumental Seljuk gateway is a fitting entry to this medrese, built to teach 'positive sciences' in 1271....
European-style coffee has landed in Sivas. This place is always bustling with everyone from businessmen to gaggles of students and...
Sema Hanımın Yeri
The welcoming Madame Sema serves home-cooked food such as içli köfte (meatballs stuffed with spices and nuts) to a packed audience of...
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Şifaiye Medresesi information
Dating to 1218, this was one of the most important medical schools built by the Seljuks and was once Anatolia's foremost hospital. But it wasn't just built to help the sick. It was built to look good, and 800 years later it still impresses.
The decoration features stylised sun/lion and moon/bull motifs, blue Azeri tile work and a poem in Arabic composed by the sultan. Today the courtyard is chock-a-block with teahouse tables while the surrounding eyvans (vaulted halls) are home to souvenir stalls.
Look to the right as you enter the courtyard to see the porch that was walled up as a tomb for Sultan İzzettin Keykavus I, who commissioned the building before he died of tuberculosis.
Come in the early evening as the sun sets and swallows scream between the minarets of the neighbouring mosques and you could imagine yourself in Iran.