The Region of Cappadocia was very peaceful also during the Ottoman Period.
Nevsehir was a small village in the province of Nigde until the time of
Damat Ibrahim Pasha. At the beginning of the 18th century, especially during
the time of Damat Ibrahim Pasha, places like Nevsehir, Gulsehir, Ozkonak, Avanos and
Urgup prospered and mosques, kulliyes (a collection
of buildings of an institution, usually composed of schools, a mosque,
lunatic asylum, hospital, kitchen, etc.) and fountains were built. The
bridge in the centre of the town of Ozkonak, which was built during Yavuz
Sultan Selims campaign to the east (1514), is important in terms of being
an early Ottoman Period building.
The Christian people living in the area were treated with tolerance in
the Ottoman Period as in the Seljuk Period. The 18th century church of
Constantine-Helena in Sinasos-Urgup, the 19th century church
built in honor of Dimitrius in Gulsehir and the Orthodox Church in
Derinkuyu are some of the best examples of this tolerance.