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The village of Mustafapaşa (formally known as Sinasos) is one of the nicest villages we visited in Cappadocia. The village was originally an Ottoman Greek settlement. During the 1920’s the Greek and Turkish governments signed a population exchange* and now all that remains of the Greek influence are its exquisitely decorated stone-carved houses and minor rock-cut churches. A walk around this peaceful village presents a delight around almost every corner. In this shot you can see pumpkins drying in the sun; there seem to be huge numbers of pumpkins grown in this area for the seeds (excellent snacks). The volcanic tufa stone walls are carved and decorated and you can see the remains of the brilliant blue wall decoration. In the last century it was the centre of Cappadocia and rich ottomans built their splendid mansions here.

*The 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey was based upon religious identity, and involved the Greek Orthodox citizens of Turkey and the Muslim citizens of Greece. It was a major compulsory population exchange, or agreed mutual expulsion.The "Convention Concerning the Exchange of Greek and Turkish Populations" was signed at Lausanne, Switzerland, on the 30th January 1923, by the governments of Greece and Turkey. It involved approximately 2 million people

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