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The West Gate of
The Great Mosque (Ulu Camii)

Geographical Location: The distrcit of Divrigi, which is an adminstartive unit of Sivas, is founeded on the Callti Valley, by the Euphrates banks. In the east lies Erzincan, and in the west lies Kangal; in the north Zara-Imranli and in the south lies Malatya.

The district occupies an area of 2935 km2 and the altitude is 1250 metres. The population of the centrum is 17530, and all the villages included it amounts up to 32710.

The most prominent mountains are in the north the Çengelli Mountain at 2650m. (Cengelli Dagi), the Deli Mountain at 2150m. (Deli Dagi), the Gol Mountain (Gol Dagi). In the south lies the Yama Mountain (Yama Dagi), the Geyikli Mountain (Geyikli Dagi), and the Demirli Mountain (Demirli Dagi). In the east of the district lie the Saricicek and the Iginbat Plateaus. In the west lies Dumluca.

The most important rivers of the district are Calti and Hekme (Buyukdere), which provide the main water power for the Mursal Dam.

The district has an interior-land climate. Winters are quite cold and snowy, and summers are hot and dry.

Natural Assets and Resources: In the southeastern part of the district by the skirts of the Yama Mountain (2631m.) lies at 2020 metres the village of Mursal as a "plateau village," and thanks to that, in summer it attracts several people as a place for picinic, wandering, fishing, hunting and similar activities. Besides, the fresh air, the green land and nature of the district, and the Mursal Dam make Mursal the center of attraction.

Plateaus of Mursal

History of the District: The history of the district goes back to 900 B.C., the peroid of the Hittites. It has steadily occcupied a prominent place during the change of various civilizations. The most eminent peroids of development for the region have been during the reign of Byzantium and the Seljuk Turks and finally during the Turkish Repbulic. Especilally during the reign of the Mengucek Dynasty (one of the the Seljuk Dynasties) it improved greatly and several very important stone buildings were built as fine examples of architecture.

Ancient Turkish Mansions(Konaks) of Turkey in Divrigi:

An Ancient Turkish Mansion(Konak) of Divrigi
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The civil architecture in Divrigi has gone through a formation from the 12th century upto the 19th century.During these centuries, mansions and well-preserved houses numbered about 1000 ,and there were 30 mosques, 4 Turkish bathes and a bazaar with 600 shops. The ancient mansions of Divrigi with their woodwork and stonecarvings make them worth seeing. Some of these may be cited as; Ismail Yildirim Konagi(Mansion), Alanli Konagi, Ayanoglu Konagi, Abdullah Pasa Konagi, Refik Durdu Evi(House), Cankaya Evi, Sancaktar Zade Evi, Ercokluzade Yusuf Aga Evi, Muradoglu Evi, Deli Osman Aga Evi, KalipsizEvi, Karsilioglu Evi, Hafisoglu Evi, Dizdarzade Eyüp Efendi Evi, Aristakzade Evi, Yolgecti Evi, Ede Bey Evi, Calapverdizade Evi, Burnaz Pasa Evi, Sütmolla Evi, Mühürdazade Evi, Yilankirkamalizade Evi.

Prominent Historical Sites: The important historical and artsitic artefacts and buildings of the district may be cited as follows: The Divrigi Castle, and the Walls, the Kale Mosque, The Great Mosque (Ulu Camii), the Cedid Pasa Mosque, the Sitte Melik Vault, the Kemareddin Vault, the Nurettin Salih Vault, the Naip Vault, the Sinaniye Hatun Tomb, the Pamuk Han(Inn), the Burma Han Caravansaray, the Mircinge Han(Inn), the Dipli Han(Inn), the AsagiHamam(Turkish Bath), the AciHamam(Turkish Bath), the Kayaoglu Hamami, the Imamoglu Hamami, the Handere Bridge, the Yukari Church, the Asagi Church, the Church of the Kayaburun Village.