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Quarantine Island, which was established during the Ottoman period to prevent infectious diseases, was restored

The Quarantine Island, which was established in Urla district of Izmir during the Ottoman period to prevent infectious diseases, was restored for the first time in 155 years.

Quarantine Island, which started to serve in 1869, was established on an area of 323 acres. Today, the island is protected as a 1st degree archaeological site.

The restoration was carried out by the Ministry of Health, General Directorate of Health of the Turkish Hudut and Coastlines.

Quarantine Island

With 20 historic quarantine buildings, Quarantine Island was last used for a while during the coronavirus pandemic.

The clothes of patients arriving on Quarantine Island were cleaned with high steam pressure and dry air. Photo: IHA

Quarantine Island Director Turgut Yılmaz said that no cement was used in the restoration work.

Photo: IHA

Turgut Yılmaz shared the information that there were around 140 quarantine places in the Ottoman Empire, but this was the first place in the Ottoman Empire for scientific quarantine, “This place is almost a quarantine campus. If a disease breaks out, it is taken to a place of isolation and is not allowed to come into contact with the society until it is cured. In the end, if they wait for the waiting period and do not get sick, they are allowed to enter the city. Those who come here have to be provided with accommodation, because the quarantine period is 10 days. There are wards, a restaurant, a telegraph office, a translation office. There are also people of different nationalities here; so their needs are also met.”

Quarantine Island.
The historical island is only partially open to group visits by appointment. Individual entries are not allowed.

The restoration of Quarantine Island cost about 2.5 million dollars. During 3 years of work, meticulous work was carried out without disturbing the texture of the island.

Cover Photo: IHA

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