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Report - The Sanatorium Mortuary [August 2012 - France]

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Double-clic, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. Double-clic

    Double-clic 28DL Full Member
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    Hello Everyone,

    this is my first post here, hope it won't be the last :]
    First I'll try to be as clear as possible as my English must be improved for sure, so apologizes if it is not always so.
    A friend and I just came back from a touring in Belgium last month, and on the return we stopped in this well known spot but too big and watched to be visited in 'one shot'. This one, lost in a middle of a wood, was built in the end of the nineteenth century to heal people from Tuberculosis. From what I read, this is the very first building of this type in France. There were lot of activities inside: pool, theater, inside radio broadcasting.. The particularity is that it has two distinctive building. One built before WW1 and the other one after. During the first WW, the Sana was requested as a military hospital even if this part of France was not impacted by bombings. After the war, buidings were only for women. There was many buildings around the Sana [cantina, kitchens, laundry, administratives, stalls, mortuary] and little by little, the Sana has developped its own production: kitchen garden, piggery, chicken raising and selling.
    During the WW2, the site was evacuated this time because of bombings and all the material requested by the German army. At the end of the twentieth century the entire site has definitively closed.

    After a quick visit inside, and running out of time with my friend, we were looking for the mortuary building. Not so hard to find despite a wrong description on the building door.. The site was incredible: left with all materials and lot of small details [comb, registry, corpse box..], very exciting place. As usual when I do an exploration, I like to guess all the "life' there was before and what kind of activities there was.. Great atmos'fear' anyway. Here are some pics:





    I put more pics on my blog here:

    See you :]

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