Bimarhane (Darussifa) is 2 km (1 mile) far to Amasya centurum. The building, which is situated in Yakutiye districtof Amasya, has been known as an ancient hospital, although there are some sayings that it was also a madrasah. Amasya was occupied by Ilkhanids Emperor after the seperation of Anatolian Seljuks. In 1308-1309, Ilkhanids ruler Olcayto Mehmet Hüdabende and his wife had their slave Amber Bin Abdullah constructed this building.

The Ancient Hospital of Amasya is one of the most interesting examples of the buildings, constructed in both Seljuks and Ottomans’ epoque and it has similar examples in Anatolia. A bîmarhâne looks like a typical Sejuks’ madrasah with its architecture. Just like it was applied in Seljuks’ madrasahs, the enterance of the rectangular building, its monumental appearance are the first interesting points and a motif of a human beign, sit cross-legged is attracting interest as well. The enterane of the building seems to require a detailed labor with different geometrical and natural figures and designes. In addition to this, cylindrical towers help to the side of the building to be significant. The walls of the building are also made of cut pieces of Stone. Right in fron of the enterance, classroom iwan is situated that is open to the court of the hospital. In the two sides of the court, there are rectangular cells and the corner cells are opened to the court as well.

Sabuncuoğlu Şerafeddin, a doctor from Amasya, who worked in this Bimarhane for 14 years, is believed to write one of his boks here. It is known that he presented his book that is full of medical information, to the epoque’s Emperor, Fatih Sultan Mehmet. However, This place lost its importance during the 19th Century, and became a place for silkworm cocoon dealers. Then the place was used as a storage by the tradesmen of Amasya. This structure was devastated by the earthquake in Erzincan in 1939. Its facade was repaired between 1992-1997 and the place served to the Town Conservatory between 1999-2011. By 2011, the building was redecorated as a medicine museum, named Şerefeddin Sabuncuoğlu, by Amasya Municipality.

Open daily between 08:30-17:00 except Mondays.
Address:  Merkez – Amasya
Phone: +90
Admission: Free

 

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