Photographer's Note

The town of Mustafapasa or as it was formerly know as Sinasos, is situated 5 km south of Ürgüp, and had a largely Greek population in Ottoman times.

Unmistakably Hellenic in style, the town is celebrated throughout the region for the ornate carved stonework of their beautiful houses. On some, a date or name has been carved into the decorative stonework in Greek letters; clues that link to the thriving Greek Orthodox community of wealthy merchants who settled in the town in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

Şakir Mehmet Pasha Madrasah (pictured here) is one of the most important Ottoman constructions in the town, and was built in 1900. The building, once used as carpet-selling store for many years, is used as Cappadocia Vocational High School today.

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Additional Photos by Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1312 W: 50 N: 2538] (15142)
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