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Along the river in Amasya | The Beyazit II mosque complex in Amasya | Bimarhane or Darüşşifa Medrese in Amasya | The Gök Medrese cum mosque | Amasya Kale pictures | The Amasya Museum - small but fine collection | The mountains south of Amasya with views of the town

Bimarhane or Darüşşifa Medrese in Amasya

I gave this medrese a sub-gallery. It dates from 1309 and was built as a mental hospital by Ilduş Hatun, wife of the Iklhanid sultan Olcaytu. It may have been the first place where one tried treating people with mental disorders using music, The Ilkhans were the successors to Genghis Khan's Mongols, who had defeated the Anatolian Seljuks. It is built on the plan of a Seljuk medrese (and has the monumental gate to go with that type). In 2011 I found it being restored, it used to occasionally house an exhibition of some kind.

It is also referred to as ‘Tımarhane’ (House of Correct Treatement) of ‘Darüşşifa’ (House of Healing). It was operative until the 19th century, both as hospital and as medical education center. The last written report dates from 1815.
Behind the gate, there is a hallway that opens into the central open courtyard. On the opposite side lies a large iwan-room (= a rectangular hall or space, usually vaulted, walled on three sides, with one end entirely open), that was used as ‘dershane’ (classroom).
The four corners of the building are occupied by one large room each. Along the courtyard are two long rectangular halls, one on the right and one on the left, preceded by a narrow gallery. All rooms are covered by barrel vaults.

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: ‘Vakıf Abideler ve eski Eserler’ - Vakıflar Genel Müdürlüğü, Ankara 1983
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