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Cappadocia Sinassos

Sinasos (Mustafapaşa), fine examples of Anatolian Greek architecture


Six kilometers from Ürgüp, Mustafapaşa is a pleasant old Rum [Anatolian Greek] village that possesses the finest examples of Rum architecture in the region. The Orthodox Greeks who lived here until the population exchanges of 1924 were owners of beautiful late nineteenth-and early twentieth-century homes, churches and wineries, making it one of Cappadocia’s wealthiest and most prosperous villages. During the winter months the men of Sinasos, as it was then known, occupied themselves in Istanbul with the caviar trade, transferring the money they earned to their village. The Church of Saints Constantine and Helena and the Şakir Paşa Madrasa in the center of the village, the Saint Nicholas Church and its monastery near the village, along with the many superb mansions, contribute a very special atmosphere to the village. The doors of the historical homes display an even more distinctive beauty.

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