Divriği is a town of about 11,000 people (2020) in the northeastern part of Central Anatolia — you are leaving the rolling steppes behind and are encroaching on the mountainous realm of Eastern Anatolia here. The Great Mosque of Divriği and the adjoining hospital (Darüşşifa) are on UNESCO's World Heritage List because of their exquisite carvings and architecture.
Divriği is an ancient town, which was once Byzantine Tephrike. By the 12th and 13th centuries, it was the capital of the Mengücek, a semi-autonomous Turkic emirate subordinated to the Seljuks of Rum preceding the Ottomans, and the Great Mosque of 1229 and a citadel remain from the period.
Much of the local population follow the Alevi tradition of Islam. The surrounding mountains are some of the richest sources of iron ore in Turkey, which give them a reddish tint.
The nearest airport is located in Sivas, about 180 km or 3 hours away by road.
- Divriği Nazar Seyahat, Esenler Otogar no:34 (main bus station of Istanbul), ☏ (Istanbul), (Ankara). Company providing direct buses to Divriği from Istanbul and Ankara.
- Divriği Özlem Tur and Divriği Birlik provide minibuses from Sivas every hour.
The Doğu Express leaves Ankara daily towards 18:00 and runs overnight via Kayseri and Sivas to Divriği, arriving towards 08:00. It continues east to Erzincan for 10:30 and Erzurum for 14:30 to reach Kars at 18:30. The eastbound train leaves Kars at 08:00, reaching Erzurum at 12:00, Erzincan at 16:00, Divriği at 18:30, Sivas at 22:00, Kayseri towards 02:00 and Ankara at 08.30. There are couchettes and a buffet.
There's also a more expensive "tourist" version of this train, running daily year-round. It makes long stops for sightseeing eastbound at İliç, Erzincan and Erzurum; the westbound train makes long stops at Divriği and Bostankaya. Total travel time Ankara-Kars is 30 hours, and you're tied to the train schedule without flexibility of stopover. The accommodation is in standard sleeping cars, which have been purloined from the conventional train, so the travel experience on that has been degraded.
- 1 Divriği railway station (500 m north of town along the main road).
- 1 Divriği Great Mosque and Hospital (Divriği Ulu Cami ve Darüşşifası). Outstanding examples of Seljuk architecture and have been in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1985 . The Baroque style portal of this magnificent mosque is a real masterpiece of stonework. As of July 2022, you cannot visit the building because of restoration works with no declared finishing date. You can still see the main doors from the outside.
- Citadel. You can climb on the citadel where you have a great view on the city. The citadel being restored and rebuilt (as of 2022), but you can still go in.
- Divriği Belediyesi Oteli, ☏ . Hotel run by the town council. Clean rooms with en suite bathrooms and balcony. No breakfast served. 20 TL.
The telephone code of the town is (+90) 346.
It's possible to move on further east to Erzincan, Erzurum, and Kars by daily trains. You can also go to Kemaliye, a beautiful old town locally known as Eğin on the Karasu River to the east, by a combination of train and taxi. But if you are intent on a little bit of adventure, take the Taş Yol ("Stone Road"), a series of tight tunnels that took more than a century to complete high above the gorge of the Euphrates River, to Kemaliye.
|Routes through Divrigi|
|Afyonkarahisar ← Sivas ←||W E||→ Elazığ → END|
|Ankara ← Sivas ←||W E||→ Erzincan → Kars|