Visited with The Stig, Tassadar and DHX
The Asylum is part of a live hospital site in SÃ¤ter, with a 5 meter high wall surrounding the gardens behind, after a few attempts and still no luck we decided to look elsewhere and hey presto another entrance point and we were in. After a while inside this lovely building we heard a womans voice saying "Jag kan hÃ¤r rÃ¶ster, finns det nÃ¥gon dÃ¤r" ('i can here voices, theres someone in there'), Tassadar decided to try his Swedish and explained in half English and half Swedish that we were here taking pictures of a beautiful building, and the woman left us too it.
SÃ¤ters hospital opended in 1912, there were 37 buildings and space for 830 mentally ill patients.
The "permanent/closed pavilion" was created for particularly challenging patients from all over the country (Sweden). There was room for 27 patients who were cared for by 16 nurses. The term "permanent/closed pavilion" meant that it was escape proof, including barred windows and walled exercise yards. In addition, there was increased surveillance.
1980: The Swedish mental hospitals begin to close down. The term "permanent/closed pavilion" is changed to "special section". 1989: SÃ¤ters permanent pavilion/special section was closed down
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