Cappadocia Region


Cappadocia, a registered UNESCO World Heritage site, is a region in the heart of Anatolia that incorporates the provinces of Nevşehir, Kırşehir, Niğde, Aksaray and Kayseri. The name “Cappadocia” is derived from the ancient Persian word Katpatuka, meaning “the land of beautiful horses”. Its countless valleys, underground cities, places of worship and caravanserais make Cappadocia one of Turkey’s most important cultural tourism destinations.

This unique geography, which was formed 25 million years ago out of the lava and ash produced by the Erciyes, Hasandağ and Güllüdağ volcanos, was a center of culture, art and commerce for the Ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman civilizations. Its houses, carved into the unique fairy chimneys, and its underground cities, churches, monasteries and madrasahs carry traces of the region’s ancient peoples into the present day.

In the early 1800s, with a predominantly Christian population, Mustafapaşa (Sinasos) was one of the richest towns in the region, and stands today as a living museum, featuring hundreds of stone mansions built into the slopes of five valleys. This symbol of cultural harmony and its historical texture have survived into the present day.

Above all, Cappadocia is a 10,000-year-old campus. The region has a long and respected history of philosophy, theology and humanities teaching. The first modern school in Mustafapaşa was opened in 1821, which was followed by a school for girls in 1872, a school for boys in 1895 and the Mehmet Şakir Pasha Madrasah in 1900. The Cappadocia Vocational School took root in 2005, and Cappadocia University opened its doors here in 2017.

We invite you to experience this unique place!

Cappadocia offers tranquility, being far from the country’s overcrowded major cities, while at the same time being a highly attractive destination with unmatched tourism potential and cultural diversity.

Cappadocia is a natural research laboratory for academicians from around the globe.

Cappadocia is conveniently located in central Anatolia, with comfortable transportation and accommodation options.

The main campus of the Cappadocia University is in Mustafapaşa.

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