The former Institution of Forensic Sciences – Mortuary, situated across Gülhane Park, was a place which revolutionary students frequently went to pick up the bodies of their friends who were killed between 1975 and 1985.
The building was built as “Soğukçeşme Military Junior High School” in 1875 and subsequently allocated to the use of many public institutions. It was briefly used as a telegram office before becoming “Sirkeci Encampment” for the French during the occupation of Istanbul in 1918, and later as “Mekteb-i Mülkiye” (School of Civil Service) and as the Institution of Forensic Medicine-Morgue buildings for many years after the foundation of the Republic. It was used as a “State Security Court” between 1985 and 1994 and later as a “Court for Juvenile Crimes”, becoming “Gülhane Campus of Istanbul University, Faculty of Political Sciences” in 2017 and presently allocated to Fatih Sultan Mehmet University.
The building which is currently under renovation is sadly remembered by revolutionaries from Istanbul as a place where they retrieved the bodies of their friends for a funeral.