MEKTEB-I TIBBİYE-I SAHANE

The construction called as Mekteb-i Tıbbiye-i Adliye-i Sahane was the first medicine school of Ottoman Empire. The construction of Haydarpasa Mekteb-i Tıbbiye building was started on 11 February 1895 and was opened to the service on 6 November 1903 which was the birth date of Sultan II. Abdulhamit. The building had been used as Medicine School until 1933 started to be used as Haydarpasa Highschool for 50 years until 1983. It was included within the boundaries of Marmara University in 1983 and granted to Health Science University in 2015.

Architectural design of the building belongs to Alexandre Vallaury and Raimondo D’Aronco, two of the leading architectures of the time. The construction established on a land for approximately 80.000 m2 reflects the design understanding of late-period-barracks with the plan establishment surrounding the inner court in 80 x 140 m.  It has been said that the stones on the construction constructed out of face stone were extracted from the furnaces in Hereke and Bilecik and some of them were imported from Italy.  Metal structure parts used in the building were manufactured in Belgium and the best water hydraulic lime imported from Marseilles for the mortars and the metal framework windows were manufactured in Vienna.

Researches and analysis were conducted regarding the construction within the scope of the restoration works. The documents in the archives were examined and roof and facade details which could not reach today were found. Removal of the additional parts within the construction and research rasps and sandblasting works are still under progress. The construction will serve as Health Sciences University’s Campus when all restoration and conservation works are completed.


  • Location:
    Üsküdar / İstanbul
  • Date:
    2016 - 2019
  • Administration - Employer:
    T.R Ministry of Culture Istanbul Directorate of Surveying and Monuments- Health Sciences University
  • Category:
    Educational Constructions