The 10 Best Things to Do in Sivas, Turkey

August 11, 2017 Tonie Szymanski

Sivas (Latin and Greek: Sebastia, Sebastea, Sebasteia, Sebaste, Σεβάστεια, Σεβαστή; Armenian: Սեբաստիա) is a city in central Turkey and the seat of Sivas Province. According to a 2011 estimate, its urban population is 425,297.
Restaurants in Sivas

1. GokpInar Golu

Yelken Koyu Gurun, Sivas, Turkey +90 532 606 69 59
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

GokpInar Golu

Reviewed By mehmet y

We went from Kayseri city center to there. It takes about 2 hours 30 mins, 200 kms. The road was mostly good but there were some road works and we lost time while driving on one way. Anyway the place was great. You never expected like this place. Not too crowded but the tables were full. It was okay sitting on ground, for neutralize your electricity :) there was a fish restraunt and it was clear fast and extraordinarily cheap(not too cheap but if we thought there weren't any competitor it is not necessary to be normal prize).

2. Buruciye Medresesi

Selcuk Parki | Downtown Sivas, Sivas, Turkey
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
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0%
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Buruciye Medresesi

Reviewed By BobPraz - Toronto, Canada

This is one of three awesome medieval Turkish/Mongol monuments on a large plaza in downtown Sivas. Like the others, it is now in use as a café/teahouse and gets busy in the afternoon, but you can visit anytime for free just to see the architecture. There's even a tourist office in this one, I believe (or in one of the other nearby medreses, if not).
This particular structure has an awesome stone-carved portal, probably its best feature. Inside, on the left as you enter, there is also the tomb chamber of its founder, with remnants of archaic turquoise tiles in the Persian/early-Turkish style. The medrese (school/college) was founded in 1271 by a Persian under the Mongol Ilkhanid regime which controlled eastern Anatolia at the time.

3. Cifte Minareli Medrese

Selcuk Parki, Sivas | Downtown Sivas, Sivas, Turkey
Excellent
58%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Cifte Minareli Medrese

Reviewed By Will R

The architecture of the entrance to the old medrese is unique and beautiful, but the entrance is all that remains of the entire building. What you see in pictures of the door is really all there is.

4. Blue Seminary

Mustafa Kemal Pasa Cad. Amasya Merkez, Amasya Merkez, Sivas, Turkey
Excellent
46%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

Blue Seminary

Reviewed By BobPraz - Toronto, Canada

The building is still off-limits to the public but you can still see the exterior very well and from relatively close up (like the pictures above show). When I visited there was no scaffolding on the outside. The interior is no doubt fascinating too but seeing the exterior alone is already very impressive and by no means a waste of time. Were it not for its closure, I would probably have given this place 5 stars.
PS: I had read something along the lines that the restoration project is many years overdue because the firm in charge of carrying out the work went bankrupt and the government has been looking for someone else to finish the job; I don't know if things have gotten back on track by now or not. This information was in Turkish, which I barely read, so don't quote me on any of this.

5. Ataturk Congress & Ethnography Museum

Tasli Sok. Sivas Muze Mudurlugu | Sivas Merkez, Sivas, Turkey +90 346 221 04 46
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Ataturk Congress & Ethnography Museum

Reviewed By qio_s - Izmir, Turkey

This museum was the building where the Congress of Sivas was held back in 1919 by Atatürk and other delegates. It is very impressive to see the congress room. Other than that, there are historical objects such as old weapons in ottoman army, traditional clothings, handmade carpets and many more. There is also Atatürk's bedroom. It is a rather small museum and requires around an hour. Most of objects are in good condition but I just wish it was kept by more professional people.

6. Sivas Ulu Camii

Sivas Merkez, Sivas 58070, Turkey
Excellent
83%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
0%
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5 based on 17 reviews

Sivas Ulu Camii

Reviewed By shahibul - Ipoh

Please take a look to its minaret if you visit the location. The type of ulu Cami is always the same in each city. The seljuk type of architecture

7. Sifaiye Medresesi

Selcuk Parki | Downtown Sivas, Sivas, Turkey
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Sifaiye Medresesi

Reviewed By BobPraz - Toronto, Canada

This was originally a large hospital and medical training institution built by the Selçuk Turkish sultan Keykavus I in 1217. Apparently it continued to function as such until 1916. When I visited, it was being used as a café (much like the other medrese buildings on the same square).
It is one of three outstanding monuments of medieval Turkish architecture on the same square in downtown Sivas. The decoration is more subdued than the other monuments, but it's beautiful and interesting nonetheless (and right next to them anyways). It has the usual grand portal entrance with carved stone decoration, and inside is a courtyard around a pool. On the south side is the mausoleum of the founder, Sultan Keykavus I.

8. Pasha Factory Picnic & Recreation Area

Pasabahce Park ici Yolu | Near Sivas-Karacayır Yolu, Sivas, Turkey +90 444 5 844
Excellent
33%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Pasha Factory Picnic & Recreation Area

Reviewed By mehmet a - Istanbul, Turkey

Tarihi kent meydanından 5 km.Yıldız dağı yolu üzerinde.Yazın çok kalabalık bir piknik mekanıymış,ben bu gün(12/12/2016) gittim,genede kalabalıktı.Güzel ve temiz bir mekan,oturulup ailece piknik yapılabilecek bir ortamda, çocukların da oyun oynayabileceği bağımsız alanlar mevcut.Ayrıca kiralayabileceğiniz; yüzüklerin efendisi filmindeki hobbit evlere benzeyen yamaç evler yapılmış,hoş ve güzel, kışın bile rahatlıkla kalınabilir.Mangal yapabileceğiniz sabit barbeküler de var.Ayrıca çok güzel yapay şelale de yapmışlar,oda mekana ayrı bir değer katmış.İyi gezmeler.

9. Sugul Vadisi

Sivas, Turkey
Excellent
76%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Sugul Vadisi

Reviewed By mehmet a - Istanbul, Turkey

Vadi,Kanyon,Şelale,hepsi birarada;Gürün şehir merkezine geldiğinizde Devlet Hastahanesi solunuzda kalacak şekilde devam edin,takribi 1-2 km sonra sağ tarafta tabelasını göreceksiniz. Patika yolda 2-3 km ilerleyin,benim gibi ümitsizliğe kapılmayın,yol vadide son buluyor.Arabadan inip yürüdüğünüzde karşınıza çıkacak,çok güzel bir kanyon,şehre su temin eden su borusu boyunca yürüme yolu yapılmış, kenarında korkuluk yok,dikkat etmek gerekiyor,bu sıralar onarımda,çöken kısımların tamiratı yapılıyor.Yol üzerinde Alabalık tutanları gördük.

10. Kale Camii

Merkez, Sivas 58070, Turkey
Excellent
50%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Kale Camii

Reviewed By shahibul - Ipoh

The most attractive is the stone for sedekah or charity that placed at out left corner of the mosque when you enter

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