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Report - Sanatorium Du Basil – Wallonia – Belgium – June 2018


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The History

Originally constructed in 1900 and opening its doors in 1903 the Sanatorium was commissioned by Ernest Malvoz. Ernest was the director of the bacteriological laboratory in the province of Liege nearby.

The building mainly constructed of sandstone stretches for an impressive 150 metres in length throughout its curved design. Being a Tuberculosis hospital it is thought that it was designed this was to keep the heat in and help the patients overcome TB.

The location was specifically chosen based on the clean refreshing mountain air and the stimuli lacking environment. The building was also oriented towards the sun so that patients got the most out of the daily sunlight. This would also help the recovery of the patients.

After about 70 years tuberculosis patients became increasingly rare and it was eventually used as a facility to house supply asylum seekers and give them a roof above their heads.

This stopped in 2013 and it had a brief stint as a care home.

Since then it has been abandoned and after a couple years of being up for sale it was completely given up and has fallen into ruins.

The Explore

This was part of mine and RA’s whistle stop tour of Belgium back in 2018. Not quite sure why I didn’t write it up back then but now seems as good a time as any.

It wasn’t too hard to find and I can’t remember exactly how I got the location but that’s irrelevant all these years later lol

Driving up towards it you are taken a back buy the sanatoriums sheer size and its huge curved frontage.

Access was quite tricky, with a huge amount of missing doors and broken windows it was difficult to choose what one to use lol

Sadly the inside is trashed and while we were there it was still full of kids smashing what was left of it up. Although what they were smashing god only knows as the inside is pretty bare.

Anyways, have some pictures


































 

HughieD

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You went a month after me. Great place. Was like bit like a tourist site though. On the way there Satnav took us down this road that turned into a track on the side of a hill. Had to reverse about half a mile back up the hill. Wife not amused and tolerance while I nosied round Basil significantly reduced!
 

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You went a month after me. Great place. Was like bit like a tourist site though. On the way there Satnav took us down this road that turned into a track on the side of a hill. Had to reverse about half a mile back up the hill. Wife not amused and tolerance while I nosied round Basil significantly reduced!

Our satnav did exactly the same lol

It’s an immense place and a total waste, it’s a shame the local kids have wrecked it
 

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