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Land Of Minstrels
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WITH ITS MINSTREL POETS, ITS ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS AND ITS THERAPEUTIC WATERS, SİVAS IS ANATOLIA’S GATEWAY TO WISDOM. HERE ARE FIVE WONDERS OF THE LAND OF POETRY AND MUSIC.
1 DİVRİĞİ GREAT MOSQUE
This temple at Divriği 160 kilometers from Sivas is a peerless masterpiece with its crown portals carved like fine lace. The mosque section of this monument, which is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, was commissioned by the Mengücek ruler Ahmed Şah, and the hospital by his wife, Adil Melike Turan. Its elegant interior is impressive with rectangular columns and kündekâri work (inlaid hardwood).
2 DOUBLE-MINARET MADRASA
This magnificent monument in the city center was commissioned by the 13th century Ilkhanid vizier, Şemseddin Mehmet Cüveyni. Its 20-meter crown portal is adorned with striking stone workmanship. The building, with windows and corner towers on either side of the main entrance, was used as a military high school in the 19th century.
3 ÂŞIK VEYSEL
Born in the village of Sivrialan in Şarkışla township, Âşık Veysel is one of Sivas’s most prominent native sons. Personal effects of the famous minstrel poet are displayed in a museum created in his name in his native village.
4 BALIKLI ÇERMİK
This venue, aka Balıklı Kaplıca or Fish Spa, near the town of Kangal 90 kilometers from Sivas is famous for the treatment especially of rheumatism, psoriasis and other dermatological disorders. The fish that live in the 36-37 C-degree thermal waters are known for swimming near patients’ bodies and cleansing the affected areas of the skin.
5 CONGRESS CENTER
The building where the Sivas Congress, birthplace of Turkey’s war of liberation following World War I, convened is on İstasyon Caddesi. The Ataturk and Congress Museum today, it was used as the Headquarters of the National Struggle in 1919. Documents and other information about Ataturk, the Sivas Congress and the War of Liberation can be see in the three-story building.
THAT’S NOT ALL
Visit the 13th century Gök, or Sky, Madrasa with its deep blue tiles.
View the city from Sivas Castle, used from the Roman through the Ottoman period.
Take a boat tour on Lake Hafik, 40 kilometers from Sivas.
See an Anatolian shepherd dog (aka Kangal).
Take part in the September 4th Celebrations at the city center on the anniversary of the Sivas Congress.