THE HEALTH MUSEUM WHICH BECAME MORE FAMOUS AFTER BEING INCLUDED ON UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST, IS WAITING FOR ITS GUESTS
Before Akkirman expedition in 1484 Sultan II. Bayezid laid the foundation of the complex and was completed in 4 years. In the Ottoman period, it was a medical school, hospital and soup kitchen. After the 1800s, only mental health treatments were performed.
The most interesting part of the complex is the hospital and medical school department that has been converted into a museum. The Şifahane section offered patients the opportunity to be treated with water sound and music , while the darüşşifa building stood out with its centrally planned architecture and acoustics that facilitated the follow-up of patients.
The treatment methods of the past are described in three-dimensional films at şifahane. Visitors are made journey to the past through the treatment methods of water sound, fragrance and music. School department also revives the education, libraries and dormitories of medical students of the period.
Except for the mosque in Complex of Bayezid II, other departments were transferred to Trakya University in 1984 by the General Directorate of Foundations. Transforming Darüşşifa (Hospital) into a Health Museum within Trakya University was started in 1993, and on June 30, 2000, the Şifahane part was organized as the History of Psychiatry Department. International visitors of the museum increased in the museum after being in the list of UNESCO.
In an interview with AA correspondent , Rector of Trakya University Dr. Erhan Tabakoğlu, reminded that Complex Sultan Bayezid II was completed in 1488 and said “the hospital in the Complex was a very well-designed and well-organized with its school and bath. When you take a close look, you see both an outpatient clinic and inpatient services at this facility.” He also added that:
"We see that fragrance, music treatments were used during treatments and special treatment methods were developed with the food and medicinal plants. It appears to be the center which was far ahead of its time, where the best and the most advanced techniques of medicine were used . It was the era in which Europe lived the middle ages. People were burned alive just because Satan was inside of them. On the other hand, here was the center where medicine was best practiced. But this area was damaged by the last period of the Ottoman Empire, and lost its activity after Balkan wars. In 1978, Trakya University took over the building when it was in ruins. It was restored rapidly in 1986. Since the historical importance in terms of meddicine was known , a medical museum was opened here. This museum is developing and renewing itself, and the museum receives prizes one after the other. It has got the Best Presentation Award, Council of European Museum Prize for the year 2004 and this process is going on and eventually it has entered the UNESCO World Heritage List. After entering in UNESCO World Heritage list, there is an increase in the number of international visitors. The journey, which we started with 350 visitors per year, has now come to a point where 7,000 people visit per day. We get visitors from places we never expected such as Japan, South America, Georgia..."