Seljuk Museum, Kocasinan, Kayseri, Turkey 

Gevher Nesibe Darüşşifası and Gıyasiye Madrasa, also known as “Double Madrasa”, are the rulers of Seljuk II. Kılıçarslan’s daughter was built on the will of Gevher Nesibe Sultan in 1205-1206 by his brother I. Gıyaseddin Keyhüsrev. Drawing attention with its simple architecture, the complex is the most important structure of the Anatolian architectural history.

Despite being partially repaired during the Ottoman period, extensive restoration work began in the 1960s when it was ruined. It has been used by Erciyes University since 1980 as a medical history museum. In 2012, the use of the Double Madrasa was handed over to my municipality and the works of establishing the Seljuk Museum started.

The construction of the museum collection, the preparation of the contents, continued intensively for 2 years. In the end, this monumental work, which is an important part of the local and universal cultural heritage as well as historical and imperial values for the city, was turned into a museum which was introduced to the Anatolian Seljuks world in different directions and opened to service on 21 February 2014.

The museum was planned with a thematic approach, focusing on the Anatolian Middle Ages and the Seljuk Civilization from the history of the city. In one part, it is a museum which gives the foreground of the civilization related to Seljuk civilizations and the other part is in the foreground of the property of healing. In the section on the Seljuk civilization; There are elements such as ‘Selçuklu Kenti’, ‘Mimarisi’, ‘Art’, ‘Bilimi’, ‘Clothes’ and ‘Seljuks in Kayseri’ and ‘Seljuks in Anatolia’. In the section related to refreshment; There are sections such as ‘diseases’, ‘treatment methods and instruments’, ‘scholars’, ‘drugstore’, ‘water and health’, ‘treatment with music’, ‘treatment with color’.

In addition to his works exhibited in the museum and recent works by Seljuk, there are interactive and technological visual areas. So that is our tour; listening, experimenting, practicing and using technological tools to get information about Seljuk civilization. There are also cartoons and various games in our children’s room for kids to love museum and Seljuks. There are also various concert and cultural activities in the museum.

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