II. Beyazıt Külliyesi

The II. Beyazıt Külliyesi, built between 1484 and 1488, was an important mosque complex in Edirne that housed a kitchen, school, hamam, and medical institution. A bust of Sultan Beyazıt II sits outside.

II. Beyazıt Külliyesi in Edirne, Turkey

II. Beyazıt Külliyesi

II. Beyazıt Külliyesi in Edirne, Turkey

II. Beyazıt Külliyesi

The mosque is the main feature of the complex.

II. Beyazıt Camii in Edirne, Turkey

II. Beyazıt Camii

II. Beyazıt Camii in Edirne, Turkey

II. Beyazıt Camii

II. Beyazıt Camii in Edirne, Turkey

II. Beyazıt Camii

The mosque’s interior is stunningly beautiful. For a virtual tour of the mosque, click here.

II. Beyazıt Camii in Edirne, Turkey

II. Beyazıt Camii

II. Beyazıt Camii in Edirne, Turkey

II. Beyazıt Camii

II. Beyazıt Camii in Edirne, Turkey

II. Beyazıt Camii

II. Beyazıt Camii in Edirne, Turkey

II. Beyazıt Camii

II. Beyazıt Camii in Edirne, Turkey

II. Beyazıt Camii

The hospital and medical school of the mosque complex started in 1488 and remained in use for 400 years. It was one of the most important medical research centers in the Ottoman Empire, especially for mental health and healing using non-traditional methods such as the sound of water, scent, and music.

II. Beyazıt Külliyesi Sağlık Müzesi in Edirne, Turkey

II. Beyazıt Külliyesi Sağlık Müzesi

II. Beyazıt Külliyesi Sağlık Müzesi in Edirne, Turkey

II. Beyazıt Külliyesi Sağlık Müzesi

Kitchen at the II. Beyazıt Külliyesi Sağlık Müzesi in Edirne, Turkey

Kitchen

The hospital now houses one of the best museums in Turkey. The II. Beyazıt Külliyesi Sağlık Müzesi has displays explaining the study and breakthroughs of Ottoman medicine.

Mental patient at the II. Beyazıt Külliyesi Sağlık Müzesi in Edirne, Turkey

Mental patient

Medical tools at the II. Beyazıt Külliyesi Sağlık Müzesi in Edirne, Turkey

Medical tools

Why are they smiling? at the II. Beyazıt Külliyesi Sağlık Müzesi in Edirne, Turkey

Why are they smiling?

Music therapy at the II. Beyazıt Külliyesi Sağlık Müzesi in Edirne, Turkey

Music therapy

Several rooms are showcased, such as student rooms, the library, consultation rooms, a pharmacy, chiropractic medicine, and alternative medicine. For a virtual tour of the museum, click here.

Student’s room at the II. Beyazıt Külliyesi Sağlık Müzesi in Edirne, Turkey

Student’s room

Pharmacy at the II. Beyazıt Külliyesi Sağlık Müzesi in Edirne, Turkey

Pharmacy

Chiropractic medicine at the II. Beyazıt Külliyesi Sağlık Müzesi in Edirne, Turkey

Chiropractic medicine

Alternative medicine at the II. Beyazıt Külliyesi Sağlık Müzesi in Edirne, Turkey

Alternative medicine

The complex is a short walk from the city center of Edirne, crossing a bridge over the Tundzha River.

The bridge over the Tundzha River in Edirne, Turkey

The bridge over the Tundzha River

II. Beyazıt Külliyesi and the Tundzha River in Edirne, Turkey

II. Beyazıt Külliyesi and the Tundzha River

You can combine a visit to the complex with Sarayiçi, which is about a 15 minute walk away, and loop back into the city center from there.

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