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Report - Overlook Sanitorium Norway June 2012


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On a mountiantop somewhere in Norway, overlooking a beautiful fjord, The road to here is hell (7 km long road has 13 sharp hairpin bends clinging to the hillside.) and not really for cars anymore it took us 40 minutes at least, i had to get out and guide in some parts where the road had just disappeared. Femaxer rocks as a driver , then up to the signs telling us of the 16 CCTV cameras.... it would have taken the police over an hour to get there anyway hehe...

Built by St. Jørgen Foundation in Bergen. It should serve as tuberculosis hospital for the west coast. Most patients came from the Bergen region, but it came patients from all over the country. A majestic sanatorium built to heal and cure people with tuberculosis.

Dry climate, flute forest and preferably thin mountain air. It was a recipe believed in the old days to cure people plague tuberculosis. On Harastolen found a whole "pack" - it stood on a hill and in a climate that one at the time considered to be "immune zone" against the disease.

In 1900 the plans showed the three story hospital would have 96 beds and modern spa and operating theater. (In an expansion in 1924 was the capacity increased to 120 beds, and had come up in the 150 beds in 1950).

The air and climate in the area was supposedly good for the patients.
Together with good access to water power this sanatorium opened in 1902 with 96 beds. After several renovations the maximum number of patients that could be treated was 150 in 1950.

Building plan in 1900 also included a separate laundry, a stable and ice house - not to mention an electrically driven cable car from the steamship dock by the bay and up the "mountain shelf." It would also build a 6 km long track with 13 turns up the mountain.
The calculation showed that the large hospital facility would cost 456.000 million - a huge sum in those days. Most of the funds were acquired to veges in Bergen: Bergen outer guarantees for 200,000 crowns, and prosperous byborgarar for 175,000 dollars. The final total turned out to be 777,000 million when the plant was inaugurated on 2nd november 1902.

Kuringen outdoorsy
The first treatment services - before the vaccine against the disease came after 2 World War II - was partially operations - partly different Kurara. Kurane on Harastolen consisted ma in that the patients were aired daily. They would "kurast" as this air Inga called. There lay the summer and winter uttrilla beds, well dressed in posar of reindeer skins. A huge canopy along the entire south wall continued rain and snow away from the air space. Around the hospital was built a large park with spaservegar where patients who were strong enough, could exercise.

Blowing of the lungs
Oparasjonsteknikken consisted much in the so-called "blowing". When tuberculosis attacked the lungs, ate it nears the tissue - eroding it - so that it can form large holrom in lung tissue. These gald it to close again, and it was done by a punctured lung cave so that the sick lunga foundered there holromma had formed, and wounds heal together.

A closed society
The distance to the village, the risk of infection by the disease and that most patients were our visitors, did Harastolen to a rather isolated and closed society. Sanatorium even had its own post office.
On Harastolen develops therefore a separate social life. The whole complex was built in 1902 so that women and men were strictly avskilde: There were two bed suites, operation and kurrom and own dining rooms for each of the sexes. This kjønnsdelinga kept a strictly on the way to a major refit in 1937, led by long-standing chief Trygve Gjessing. (Gjessing was superintendent at Lyster Sanatorium for 11 years. Another prominent physician was Fridtjof Lund Johansen, who worked at the Sanitarium from 1946 until his death in 1959).

In the fight against tuberculosis came a breakthrough - it happened just after 2 World War. Then came effective vaccines against the disease, and a large part of the Norwegian population was vaccinated against tuberculosis in a few years, people were vaccinated and the sanatorium shut down.

Between 1950 and 1990 it was used as a psychiatric hospital and then the place was used as a reception center for refugees from the Balkan war. In 1994 it was abandoned completely.



Basement corridor with weird red thread and one of the many beautiful staircases





Cage round central stairs and even more stairs ....sorry they where pretty


Room set up, there where a few like that











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