Complex of Sultan Bayezid II Health Museum Turkey, Edirne

Complex of Sultan Bayezid II Health Museum

The Complex of Sultan Bayezid II Health Museum is a hospital museum of Trakya University within the Complex of Sultan Bayezid II located in Edirne, Turkey.

A külliye is an Ottoman architectural concept that designates a complex of buildings centered on a mosque. Complex of Bayezid II Külliye was built in 1488 by the Ottoman sultan Bayezid II (reigned 1481–1512).

The complex contains a Dar al-Shifa (Turkish darüşşifa, "hospital, medical center"), and it remained in operation for four centuries from 1488 until the Russo-Turkish War (1877–78). The hospital was especially notable for its treatment methods for mental disorders, which included the use of music, water sound and scents.

The historic darüşşifa was incorporated into the structure of Edirne-based Trakya University in 1993, and converted into a "Health Museum" (Turkish: Sağlık Müzesi) in 1997, a museum dedicated to the history of medicine and health matters in general. It has been developing constantly ever since. It remains Turkey's only museum in its field and provides varied and valuable information to visitors on the development of medicine and of medical services throughout history, especially Ottoman history. The museum is the second most visited historical site in Edirne after the Selimiye Mosque. The museum was awarded the European Council's "European Council Museum Award" in 2004.

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