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Şifaiye Medresesi

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 …
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Çifte Minare Medrese

Commissioned by the Mongol-İlkhanid vizier Şemsettin Güveyni after defeating the Seljuks at the battle of Kosedağ, the Çifte Minare Medrese (1271) has a çifte (pair) of mighty minarets. In fact, that's about all tha…
Top Choice Anatolian in Sivas

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 young locals in this small restaurant snaffled down a backstreet off Inönü Caddes…
Islamic Site in Sivas

Bürüciye Medresesi

The Bürüciye Medresesi's monumental Seljuk gateway is a fitting entry to this medrese, built to teach 'positive sciences' in 1271. Inside, in a modest salon to the left of the entrance, is the tiled tomb of the buil…
Mosque in Sivas

Ulu Cami

The Ulu Cami (1197) is Sivas' oldest significant building, and one of Anatolia's oldest mosques. Built by the Danışmends, it's a large, low room with a forest of 50 columns. The super-fat brick minaret was added in …
Islamic Site in Sivas

Gök Medrese

Although it's currently undergoing a restoration project that will see it closed for some years to come, you can still view the twin minarets and (scaffolding-covered) facade of the Gök Medrese from outside. It was …
Cafe in Sivas

Kahve Sarayı

European-style coffee has landed in Sivas. This place is always bustling with everyone from businessmen to gaggles of students and loved-up couples popping in to down a cappuccino or a frappe. There's also a decent …
Food & Drinks in Sivas

Tarihi Taşhan Baharat

If you're the sort of traveller who always seems to come home with bags full of spice, you're going to love this place. Among the buckets there are at least three different types of pul biber (Aleppo pepper) as well…
Bakery in Sivas

Yarışoğlu Pastanesi

A cut above the rest of Sivas' pastanes (patisseries), Yarışoğlu dishes up delicious potato-and-cheese-filled böreks as well as some seriously tempting baklava. Eat in for a cheap lunch, or grab some for takeaway if…
Market in Sivas

Subaşı Hanı

This Ottoman-era market, with its timber and white-plaster facade, is still used as shop-space for traders. Inside plenty of spice sellers display their wares while a line of vendors selling trinkets and musical ins…