I learned all these after I got married but I must admit that I was quite surprised to find out that Sivas cuisine is very rich in naturally growing herbs. I always thought Mediterrranean cuisine would be the richest but Sivas would definitely compete hard:)With the coming of spring (mostly in May and June), a wide variety of dishes are made from...more
Having stayed in pansiyons (B&Bs) for six days in a row, I thought I should treat myself to a little...more
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).more
The Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi is the most elaborately decorated medieval monument in Anatolia. It is well preserved and has a storied history, including use during World War II as the secret vault for the treasure of Topkapi Sarayi. The mosque was built in 1229 by the Mengujukid emir Ahmet Shah, while Melike Turhan Melek, his wife,...more
In plan the hospital is in the form of a covered madrasa with a central oculus. It has four iwans (one on each side) and two stories of rooms surrounding them. The vaulting within the hospital is also intricately carved. The detail and skill exhibited in the carving of the hospital, also seen in the mosque, is a development in stone of stucco...more
The northern portal is clearly the main entrance to the mosque. Not only does it have dedicatory inscriptions to Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad and the builder Ahmet Shah, but it also rises well above the height of the rest of the mosque. Like the main entrance to the hospital, this portal is covered in elaborate carving which displays remarkable skill....more
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