Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment
Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment is part of the Tentative list of Turkey in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Click here for a short description of the site, as delivered by the state party.
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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
On the outskirts of Edirne you find a former Ottoman medical center, the Sultan Bayezid II Complex. It was founded in the 15th century and operated for 400 years. Nowadays it houses a museum showcasing the training and procedures of Ottoman medicine. Apparently, this was one of the first institutions treating psychological ailments as something other than being possessed by a demon. Or worse.
The site consists of a madrasa, some houses and a large mosque. I felt reminded of a Christian monastery with a clear Ottoman tilt.
The site's focus on Ottoman medicine provides a unique angle that should at least warrant review by Unesco. If the site were added, it wouldn't be one of the great ones, but more one of those niche nominations that are all so common in my native country Germany nowadays.
Personally, I wouldn't mind inscription and I do recommend visiting if you are in Edirne for the Selimiye Mosque. One alternative to inscription as a separate site would be to extend the existing site in Edirne to include the hospital and potentially more sites in the town itself.
See my comments on the Selimiye Mosque for getting to Edirne. From the town center it's a 20min walk to get to the site.
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- 2016 - Added