The birth place of world renowned architect called Sinan. I stopped by on my way from Sivas to Ankara by way of Kayseri during the late summer of 2002. The small village is located about 20 km east of Kayseri right on Sivas road. The tall green apartment complexes are right on the road to Gesi from the main highway. On that day I followed many signs to Sinan’s house in the village. One may think that it would be very easy to find it in a small village, but it certainly was not; at lest not on that day. At last I located a stone house from the dirt road and as I walked around I noticed that it was two storied. The house was situated on a hill side and I arrived from the high end. It was being restored or actually reconstructed at that time. I spoke with the architect in charge and I was told that this house was a representation of what would have been at Sinan’s days. In addition the people from the Roman and later the Byzantine times would dig into the ground to make housing for protection from sun and the intuders. Similar to cave dwelling in much of Cappadocia. Sure enough the architect in charge of the restoration had come across a large cave like hidden area under the floor of the basement through a small opening which they were not anticipating. Incidentally this area is pretty much in the east end of Cappadocia. And similar dwellings dug into the ground have been found in Ihalara Valley in the western Cappadocia. Perhaps a comparative study of both regions is in order…. Enjoy….