Sitting like an Ottoman rose among Seljuk thorns - Cifte Minare, Sifaiye Medresesi and Buruciye Medresesi - is Kale Cami, a mosque designed along Ottoman lines and situated in the same park as the Seljuk masterpieces. Kale Cami was built in 1580 - centuries after the Seljuk buildings were built in the 1200s - by vizier Mahmut Pasa on orders of Sultan Murat III.
Aside from providing an interesting contrast in architectural style, Kale Cami heightens the parkgoers' experience, especially during prayer times when the muezzin sings out his prayer call.
Sivas offers one of the best collection of Seljuk architecture in Turkey (the other place is said to be Konya). And you don't have to go far from the city center to see most of these for most of the buildings are located in a park at the corner of Sivas' two main thoroughfares - Istasyon and Attaturk (not very original, is it?), opposite the Attaturk Congress and Ethnography Museum.
Situated in the park are the Cifte Minare Medrese (Seminary of the Twin Minarets), Sifaiye Medrese (a Medieval medical school built in 1217, making it one of the city's oldest buildings) and Buruciye Medresesi, named after the builder, Muzafer Burucerdi. True to their Seljuk roots, these buildings are characterized by their elaborate entrances and ''plain'' surrounding structure.
Aside from admiring these Seljuk pieces, Buruciye and Sifaiye have been converted to tea gardens where you could enjoy your cay in very atmospheric surroundings. There are souvenir shops, too, but I didn't pay much attention to them while I was sipping my tea with some newfound Turkish friends. Within the Sifaiye compound, you should also admire the elaborate tile work on the tomb of Izzettin Keykavus I, a Seljuk sultan who succumbed to TB in 1220. No worries, the virus should have been dead by now, so look closer at the beautiful Arabic inscriptions.
Its at the center of Sivas.....
All that remains of the Çifte (double) Minaret Madrasa in Sivas is the front façade, with its monumental portal in limestone and marble topped by the twin polychrome brick minarets that give it its name. Built in 1271 -- the same year as Muzaffer Bürüciye Madrasa and Gök Madrasa -- by Ilkhanid Vizier Semseddin Cuveyni (Shams al-din Juwayni), it was once a madrasa with four iwans centered around a two-storey courtyard.
The monumental portal is centered on the façade, and distinguished by ornamental carvings in high relief. The brick minarets rise directly from the upper corners of the portal. The geometric decoration in black and blue glazed tile counteracts the monumental scale of the minarets. Excavations have revealed the foundations of a hospice to the left of the madrasa, mirrored on the right by another building, which may have been a bath.
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The Sivas Governorship organizes an open-air exhibition every year on the first week of September. Local craftsman from nearby districts come and exhibit their work. It is realy fun because many folkloric dans groups dance with their colorful clothes at different corners, there is music and fun as well as craftsworks....
Ministery of Culture restored some historical Sivas houses in recent years. It is possible to visit those houses and see how old people were living. According to me, they had very nice and comfortable houses. You should see them, too. Please remember that you have to take your shoes of when entering. The entrance is free.
Abdiaga Mansion and Osmanaga Mansion are very close to each other. I recommend you to visit these two mansions.
Congress Building is where the Sivas Congress made in 1919 (you can find more info about the congress on my Sivas intro page). It was originally a high-school building built at the end of the Ottoman era and it was used as a high-school building in the Republican period as well. Now it is a museum.
On the First floor, you can see Sivas carpets and other handcrafts, at the upper level there is the congress-room.
It is surprising to see how small was the Congress Room. Still, knowing that very important decisions for everyone in the Turkish Republic was taken here makes it very exciting to visit.
Next to Congress Room, there is a bedroom of Ataturk who was the head of the congress.
The madrasa was built in 1271 by Ilk-hanid Vizier Semseddin Cuveyni. The front Facade of the Cifte (Double)Minaret Madrasa is very impressive. However, the rest could not survived. The minarets bcame the symbol of the city.
The madrasa is in a park with some other historical buildings in the center of the city. I recommend you to go into the Keykavus Hospital at the opposite of the Cifte Minaret Madrasa and drink tea-coffe in the courtyard.
Sivas was the capital of the Selcuk Empire. The biggest hospital of Seljuk was built in the city by Sultan Izeddin Keykavus (one of the most important Seljuk Sultans). The hospital was a center of surgery and mental health.
The Sultan himself was burried to a room in the hospital after his death in 1220. He had included this room for his tomb when the hospital was being built. His tomb is one of the very few Selcuk Sultan tombs survived.
The hospital was built by Ahmed of Marand (a craftsman from Azerbaijan) in 1217. It also hosted a medicine school. It has a very nice facade on the west.
It is just in the center of the city.
Keykavus Hospital is also known as the Keykavys Madrasa because later it was used as a madrasa. At the moment, there are souvenir shops in the rooms of this fantastic building.
Unfortuanately, i could not find anything peculiar to Sivas in those shops. They mostly sell Chineese or Indian handcrafts. There are carpet shops at the entrance where you can find Anatolia and Iran carpets and kilims.
This mansion was used by a dervish lodge. It is the only building known which was functioning as a residence and a dervish lodge at the same time.
The mansion had belong to Susamislar family whose members are whirling dervishes. Now, it is belong to Sivas governship. It is restored by the governship in 1996-97 and can be visited by visitors of the city. Entrance is free.
Kale (Castle) Park is on a hill in the middle of the city. You can see the big flagpole and the Turkish flag waving on it almost everywhere in the city. However, when you go up there you will not see any remainings of the old castle. It is a green park with some tea gardens and nice view of the city. It is nice park to rest after wandering around the city.
If u come to Kangal u must visit Kangal Dogs' House. There are special places for these dogs that u may buy or take some pictures. Kangal Dogs are popular in all around the world especially in USA. These dogs are very strong that used for security . The most important part of their body is,their Chest. They like their freedom. They want to be free, they dont want to be chained. Kangal Dogs like wheat, so it is easy to feed them. They are best friends for shephards in whole Turkey.
It was built in 1573 as a caravanserai by Behram Pasha the Deaf. Today it is under restoration. It is meant to be used as a boutique hotel once the restorations are over.
Although most of the historical buildings you will see in Sivas will be of Seljuk origin, I preferred to start with an Ottoman mosque: Kale Camii, built in 1580 by Sultan Murat III's grand vizier.
They make a special kebap in Sivas. It is made of lamb meat, eggplants, garlic and other vegetables.
You see my sister Pinar eating Sivas kebap at this picture.
At Kangal( nearly 90 km from sivas) there is a spa for psoriasis sufferers.. Many people come here to heal their skins...There is a also a private pool for visitors as well...