Sivas City Guide

Sivas City Guide

Sivas is an important historical city of Turkey and is the second biggest city in terms of surface area. The city is located Economy of Sivas province is largely based on agriculture. 70% of the active population work in the agricultural sector. Agriculture is in the form of field agriculture. Livestock is a secondary source of income after agriculture. The industrial sector has also been developing rapidly in recent years. Sivas, which is also rich in mines, is a crossroads of land and railways.

Check out the most comprehensive Sivas city guide now. You will find the answers of many questions like “Places to see in Sivas” or “How to get to Sivas ?” in this guide.

City Name



Population Density

Population Growth Rate

Surface Area

Number of Districts

Postal Code

Area Code

GDP (Per Capita)


Central Anatolia


22 / km2

-1,18 %

28.164 km2




12.164 $

Şarkışla is the biggest district of Sivas with 38.000 population. But, when we look at the general perspective, more than 380.000 people located in the city center. Sivas is a large city located at the intersection of historical Silk Road routes in Anatolia, east of Central Anatolia, and where the famous King’s Road passes. Sivas offers interesting holiday opportunities to tourists with its historical riches, natural beauties and thermal springs. The districts of Sivas are Akıncılar, Altınyayla, Divriği, Doğanşar, Geremek, Gölova, Gürün, Hafik, İmralı, Kangal, Koyulhisar, Suşehri, Şarkışlı, Ulaş, Yıldızeli ve Zara. You will find detailed information for all districts of Sivas in this guide.

Short History of Sivas

The first settlement in Sivas has been seen since the Neolithic period. Sivas came under the rule of the Roman Empire and Persia. The city, which remained under the rule of the Byzantine State until the Turks conquered Anatolia in 1071, later came under the sovereignty of many states such as Danişmentli, Anatolian Seljuks, Eretna and Kadıburhanettin States, and also remained under the Mongol occupation for a while after the 1243 Kösedağ war. In 1473, after the battle of Fatih Sultan Mehmet in Otlukbeli, within the borders of Erzincan, against the Akkoyunlu, the city came under Ottoman rule and became the state center. Sivas gained its important place in history once again by hosting the Sivas Congress (4-11 September 1919) during the years of the National War of Independence, which constituted the beginning of the War of Independence.

Accommodation in Sivas has become easier when we compare with past times. Today, you can find hotels and alternative accommodation buildings in different districts of Sivas.

If you are looking for real estate for sale in Sivas or real estate for rent in Sivas, you are on the right page. As of the end of July 2020 in Sivas, the prices of houses for sale increased by 13.18% in the last year. Average for sale residential property size is 140 square meters. Considering the annual averages, as of the end of July 2020, the districts that gained the most value in Sivas for housing were Suşehri, Şarkışla, Gemerek, Gürün in descending order.

Do you want to get detailed information about hospitals in Sivas? If you’re, our special health guide will be helpful for you. In Sivas, there are 13 state hospitals, 1 university hospitals and 2 private hospitals. Almost all districts have hospitals in different regions of the city.

Thanks to the new transportation investments, Sivas has road connection with Black Sea, East Anatolia and Mediterrenean regions of Turkey. There is an airport named as Nuri Demirağ Airport. Also, Sivas has railway connection between east and west lines.

Road Transportation

You can visit Sivas from many different cities in Turkey easily by road.

Air Transportation

There is an airport named as Nuri Demirağ Airport. You can find regular flights from many cities of Turkey daily.

Railway Transportation

The Orient Express (Ankara-Kars) has a station in Sivas, so you can travel from Sivas to Ankara, Istanbul or Erzurum, Kars by railway. Also, with the opening Sivas-Ankara High Speed Train Line, it will be possible to visit Ankara in 2.30 hours.

You will find the answers of the “Best places to visit in Sivas” or “Top 10 things to do and see in Sivas” questions in this guide. Located in the middle of the Anatolian peninsula, Sivas was called Sebasteia in Roman times. It is mentioned in many sources that its name derives from Sebastia and the city center was built during the Roman Empire. Sivas, which is one of the important cities of Central Anatolia, hosts many visitors throughout the year with Hafik Lake. There are many fish species in the lake, also known as Koçhisar Lake. When you come to this area, you can do free angling. At the same time, there are many facilities around the lake. Divriği Castle is an important historical destination located in Sivas. Historically, it was one of the border posts between Byzantium and Iran. Divriği Castle was strategically important as a strong castle on a high hill on Çaltı Stream, which is located today. Divriği Ulu Mosque, It was built in 1228 by Melike Turan, the wife of Ahmet Şah, who was the head of the Mengücek principality of the Anatolian Seljuk State.

Sızır Waterfall, Tödürge Lake and Gök Madrasah are the other important destinations of Sivas.

There is only one state university located in Sivas named as Cumhuriyet University.


Enes Sahin

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