Sarkisla is 80km southwest of Sivas. The city is the birthplace and home of the greatest Turkish popular poet of modern times Asik Veysel (1894-1971). He was born near the town to a poor peasant family and is also buried here. (Check my Sivas homepage for further details on Asik Veysel).
The Bridges of Sivas
The most famous ones are Egri Bridge, Kesik Bridge, Yildiz Bridge and Bogaz Bridge. The oldest of these is the 180 meter long Egri Bridge that connects Sivas with the former road to Malatya. As there are no writings on the bridge, the exact time of construction is unknown. It's estimated that it was built in the 16th or 17th century.
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Climb up (Drive up) Kizildag
Kizildag is the most well-known mountain of Sivas as it's the place where the longest river of Turkey comes to surface. Kizil means reddish in Turkish and when you start going up Kizildag, which is over 3.000 meters, you will notice the change in the color of the solid from brown to red.
If you drive, the highest point you can reach is 2.190 meters: Check my pic!
- Mountain Climbing
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Discover the provinces of Sivas
Sivas is one of the biggest (in terms of land) cities of Turkey so there are many natural beauties to see when you start driving off the center such as:
- Sizir Waterfall of Gemerek (128 km to Sivas center)
- Suur Valley of Gürün (147 km to Sivas center)
- Lake Gökpinar of Gürün (147 km to Sivas center)
- Lake of Hafik (36 km to Sivas center)
This is a big mansion that belongs to one of the best state artists of Turkey in 1950s: Mr. Semsi Yilmaz Susamis. Mr. Susamis is a Mevlevi, performing the sema*. He started performing his very first sema shows in this mansion and at times (if you are lucky) you may come across either the students of Mr. Susamis or his grandchildren performing the sema.
*Sema is part of the inspiration of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi (1207- 1273) as well as of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture.
- Arts and Culture
Have a Picnic in Pasa Fabrikasi
If you feel like observing the locals and learn about their routines, Pasa Fabrikasi is the place you should go. This is an area where the locals go for picnic at the weekends in summer. There are caves, waterfalls and historical ruins in this park. It's 7 km. from Sivas. You can also find a tea garden and a cafe.
- Family Travel
The Curing Fish
The spas in Sivas are called “Chermiks” (hot springs). The Balikli (Fish) Spa is called the Chermik with Fish (Balikli Çermik). The most interesting aspect of the Balikli Spa is that it actually contains fish. This feature can rarely be found anywhere else in the world, and its name is also derived from this very feature. The water temperature is 37°C.
The water boiling at the bottom is suitable for drinking. One of the pools is solely for treatment purposes. People who have come to receive treatment cannot use the other pools. If so desired, bathing can be done in tubs in separate cabins.
The fish, which are no bigger than 10cm, do not approach healthy people. They aim for skin with scabs and when such a person enters the water dozens of these fish surround the person immediately. They break off the scabs to eat and swim away as soon as they are finished. The skin is cleaned and renewed in a very short space of time leaving no sign of the scars. The disease does not return to any part of the body afterwards either. This is a result of the water as much as the fish. The locals believe the fish are sacred and never poach them. The spa water heals people by either bathing or drinking. It is beneficial for skin diseases, rheumatism and gynaecological problems.
- Spa and Resort
Take a walk around the city
Sivas is such a compact city that you could finish the main attractions (excluding Divrigi, which you have to allot a day) in half a day. So what do you do when you've had your fill of Seljuk architecture and Ataturk?
Walk around the city and soak up Sivas' big-city-but-not-yet-quite-there atmosphere. While downtown Sivas is modern and progressive, there is something in it that gives the city its unique Anatolian charm. Does this have to do with Sivas' central location in the Anatolian heartland? Or do the colorful buildings, flamboyant corn stalls, out-of-this-world yellow cami (mosque), semi-formally garbed simit (local bread) sellers, and buzzing tea gardens have to do with it? Or is it the friendly people themselves?
Whatever it is, it all boils down to having fun and enjoying the city's myriad of delights.
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Divrigi's lesser attractions
If you take the 10 AM/5 PM mini-bus schedule to/from Divrigi, you would have plenty of time to walk around the village after visiting the Ulu Cami-Darussifa complex. Agriculture remains the primary source of livelihood in Divrigi, so the village is very laidback and the people very welcoming and friendly, offering you bottomless cay as you hop from one shop to another along Divrigi's vine-covered alleys.
And if you still have the stamina, there is Divrigi's Kale (citadel), which would require a bit of climb to get to. As temps were on the mid-30s that time, I passed up the opportunity, and instead walked around and chatted (with my pathetically hopeless Turkish) with the village folks.
- Historical Travel
Post Card belongs to Sue and...
Post Card belongs to Sue and Cuneyt Kangal s page a big source for this breed...
Very famous from Sivas
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sebze pazar,a highly colourful fruits market
colourful and very clean fruit and vegetables market.
from hukumet meydani,follow ataturk cad.
after 250m,take right on fevzi akmak caddesi.
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