Sinasos is just 4 mile away from Urgup.  The town named Mustafapasa is one of the oldest villages found in this region. In 1923, after the Lausanne Pact, The Greek people evacuated their villages leaving countless monuments behind.

Former name of Mustafapaşa during the Ottoman Empire era was Sinasos. It had a mixed population. Greeks and Karamanlides (Turkish speaking Christians) constituted the majority of the population and Muslim Turks constituted the rest. Although situated far from the seas Sinanos Greeks who temporarity migrated to İstanbul, were known to be the traders of seafood and especially caviare. The small town had many eloborate houses by the wealth from İstanbul.In 1924 however by the Population exchange between Greece and Turkey agreement, Greeks and Karamanlides left the town for Nea Sinasos a town in the northern part of the island of Euboea in Greece. They were replaced by Turks from Kastoria, a town in northern Greece. During the exchange years the town lost its former prosperity.

This is one of a number of chapels that have been painstakingly carved into the steep rock face of the Gomede valley, just west of the small town of Mustafapasa in Cappadocia. Looking back at the fissure through which I have just entered, a staggeringly beautiful panorama is framed against the crumbling walls. A vast ochre-and-white-striped ridge snakes through the dry plains like a huge stone wave – but one topped with looming, stratified monoliths. The result of thousands of years of wind and rain erosion, the startling rock formations and magical “fairy chimneys” of Cappadocia, in South Central Anatolia, make for a spectacular landscape.

Mustafapasa is no different, except in this town the warrens of grottos are hidden behind statuesque neo-classical facades. Unmistakably Hellenic in style, the town is celebrated throughout the region for the ornate carved stonework of these beautiful houses. On some, a date or name has been embroidered into the decorative stonework in Greek letters; subtle clues that allude to the thriving Greek Orthodox community of wealthy merchants who settled in the town in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

The tour groups that whizz through the town invariably pause to take snapshots of Mustafapasa’s magnificent Greek houses. In a landscape where many villages seem to evanesce into the amber cliffs at a distance, retreating into the dramatic rock formations until only the hollowed mouths of windows and doors remain, such calculated ornamentation is an arresting sight.

There is fe good restaurants in Mustafapasa. The Old Greek House is nestled in the village of Mustafapasa. This quaint village in the heart of Cappadocia was previously called Sinasos which means the “The City of the Sun”. It was by pure chance that in 1992, the Ozturk family became involved in the restaurant and hospitality business. They converted the Old Greek House into a restaurant and it  soon became one of the most celebrated and famous restaurans in Cappadocia.

As you enter the doors of Old Greek House be ready to feel the magic of the past and feel the beauty all around you all the while you are eating some of the most delishes dishes of Cappadocia. A walk through the valleys of this undiscovered gem leaves the visitor in awe of its beauty and a sense of timeless history of generations past and present.

Mustafapasa has many good cave hotels. They are; Perimasali Cave hotel, Monastery Hotel, Gul Konaklari, Sinasos Cave Hotel, Cappadocia Estate Hotel etc.

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