Mustafakemalpasa Things to Do
Constantine & Helen church
In the center, at Cumhuriyet meydani you can find the church of Constantine & Eleni.
Of course it is dedicated to Constantine the Great and his empress Helen.
It was built in 1729 but it seems that the wall paintings are fading fast and noone cares. Most of them at late 19th century.
The exterior is interesting too with a nice vineyard around the central gate(pic 1 & 3). Since the ancient times wine is the symbol of joy but also a symbol of Christ’s blood as I have seen it in many ceremonies of orthodox church like the Eucarist(Holy Liturgy in Orthodox church) which means “thanksgiving” in greek and reminds of Christ’s given thanks with the bread and wine.
In 2007 the bishop from Istanbul came here for a ceremony and many greeks came because all the travel agents made special daily tours that day to Mustafapasa.
The sign (pic 2) outside is in greek and says:
- Religious Travel
old greek houses
There are about 90 old greek houses in Mustafapasa (pic 1). Most of them are empty but even those are beautiful and although they date back at the end of 19th and early 20th century (about 100 years) the architecture is great. They supposed to be restored soon but many of them are in good condition anyway. One of them (pic 2) became very famous some years before because a famous tv serial took place there. It works as a restaurant now but it was so popular that they had an entrance fee!!
I walked a lot inside the village, just checking the houses, saying hello to the locals. Beyond some typical turkish houses you will also see old cave houses at the foothill of Golgoli hill.Related to:
Medrese and Asagi Mosque
The medrese(school/university in arabic) was built in 19th century by Sakir Pasa and it has a beautiful front gate(pic 1). I was surprised by the two columns of the gate. They are 100cm high(pic 2) and they move! Check them, you can easily roll them! They supposed to turn when there is an earthquake but I guess until someone notice this the village will collapse anyway! :)
I wanted to check inside to see how was the interior of the university but the door was closed. I’ve been told that now it houses a traditional carpet centre!
Opposite the Medrese is Asagi Mosque(formely known as Kebir camii) with a nice old minaret in Seljuk style which is much more beautiful than the new one. Pic 5 shows both of them in case you don’t believe me! :) The mosque was built back in the 17th century.
It was the only part of the city so many people were gathered around. They were all students of course. All the other areas are peaceful.Related to:
how to go to Mustafapasa
It’s located SE from Goreme, 5km from Urgup.
If its not part of a daily tour you can easily reach Mustafapasa by car in 10’. There are many buses from Nevsehir every day and 6-8 daily buses from Urgup.
You can easily find the churches of the village by looking at the signs. For some of them you have to drive a bit further. The central sign for all of them is near the tourist offce.