12 Facts About Sivas


Sivas is a city in central Turkey and the seat of Sivas Province.

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Sivas is a communications hub for the north–south and east–west trade routes to Iraq and Iran, respectively.

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The name "Sivas" is the Turkish version deriving from the name Sebasteia, as the city was known during the late Roman empire.

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Under Seljuk rule, Sivas was an important center of trade along the silk road and site of a citadel, along with mosques and madrasas, four of which survive today and one of which houses the Sivas Museum.

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Under the Ottomans, Sivas served as the administrative center of the Eyalet of Rum until about the late 19th century.

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The Armenian Apostolic Church maintained six Armenian churches in Sivas, being the Meryemana, Surp Sarkis, Surp Minas, Surp Prgitsh, Surp Hagop, and Surp Kevork; four monasteries, Surp Nschan, Surp Hreshdagabed, Surp Anabad, and Surp Hntragadar; an Armenian Apostolic orphanage, and several schools.

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Sivas has a continental climate, with warm, dry summers and cold, snowy winters.

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Cultural hub as well as an industrial one, Sivas contains many examples of 12th and 13th-century Seljuk architecture.

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Sivas is famous for its thermal springs which have a respectable percentage in the city's income.

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Specialties of Sivas are tarhana, kelecos and katmer, a flaky pastry-bread which can be consumed on its own.

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One distinct feature of Sivas cooking is the use of madimak, which is a local herb used similarly to spinach.

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Sivas kebabi is a variety of kebab originating from Sivas.

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