Investing outside İstanbul for the first time, American Hospital founded Bodrum American Hospital in 2019. In terms of totality, content and interior design, Bodrum American Hospital is a replica of American Hospital. Bodrum American Hospital serves patients amidst history with a staff of experienced physicians and excellent care quality as the southern satellite of American Hospital.
To ensure that the Late Roman (400-500 A.D.) relics unearthed during restoration and renovation could be exhibited as part of our hospital, painstaking work has been put into preservation of each relic. Historical remnants were kept below the ground level, encased in glass up top and converted into exhibition areas in the form of six separate pools. As a result of the extensive restoration work, Bodrum American Hospital pioneered a first in the field of culture and art alongside healthcare as a “Museum Hospital”.
With its natural ports and prosperous hinterland, the Bodrum peninsula has been an attractive settlement for various civilizations since prehistoric times. It was populated ever since the Antique Era, a time when trade was carried out mainly via maritime routes. Today, traces of this rich history can be encountered during the course of every next construction effort.
A number of remnants were unearthed during construction of the extension building of our hospital, which is situated right in the center of this vast historical texture. The majority of these remnants have been preserved onsite after the salvage excavation.
Encased under glass, the six exhibition pools below the ground level were constructed after restoration to house and display wall fragments and floor mosaics from the Late Roman Era (400-500 A.D.).
The sections in exhibition consist of a building complex that was originally built by using gathered materials on foundations from earlier eras. Mosaics found in these rooms, the walls of which were maintained at door level, were mostly preserved well even though they seem to have been damaged as a result of new walls being built or new structures being erected in later eras to meet the need for additional space.
The mosaics bear the characteristics of their respective era and depict the overall cycle of life. Panels surrounded by stylized motifs and geometric patterns picture scenes of domestic and marine animals in addition to predators preying on deer and goats. A symbol of various notions such as abundance, plenitude, life and death since the prehistoric times, the “Tree of Life” motif particularly stands out among the scenes. Goats and deer are usually depicted as the animals fed by the tree. It is also an interesting detail that these scenes include sheep with bodies decorated with leaves.