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    Visited with Prority 7, and Priority 1. We had travelled all the way to france to see Chateau des Singes, but lumped this one on as well to justify the 1,000 mile drive. Itís a grafíed out shell, donít get ideas of ornate instruments left behind!

    But it makes for one lovely explore. If we didnít have such a drive ahead of us Iíd have suggested a few beers and a picnic on the roof, which is nestled just at tree canopy level.

    Sanatorium F was built by Dr. V in the 1930s. The era lent itself to buildings showing off their structure, their raw materials. This was true of this place, it would have been minimalist, with hygene a priority. Hopefully looking through these photos you can appreciate the Ďairynessí Ė Full height glazing to both sides, balconies to every floor etc.



    It consists of three Ďpavillionsí set in a forest. It was from a time when fresh air was as important as any medicine. Then nine years after it opened, a little war broke out which you may have heard about? It was one of the first places that the Germans took over. They would use it as a transit camp, to allow movements to other camps all over France.

    By then end of the war it had returned to hospital duties, housing upto 600 people, when it was only designed for 150 tops.

    Tuberculosis was generally a disease associated with poverty, and has been on a steady decline since the thirties. These Ďpavillions soon became surplus to requirements, and were mothballed entirely in the early 90ís. They are in a pretty bad state for being abandoned 20 years. I know it sounds a lot, but thatís not much longer than places like Sevs. I guess a lot of itís downfall is itís lush forest location, itís isolated and has no natural surveillance.

    Anyway, on with the pics:





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    Endless corridor porn!







    Curved Corridors:


    Oh and while weíre at it, stair porn!




    This is what I was banging on about earlier. The stairs have been formed with in-situ cast concrete, but look how perfectly they have been formed:


    More:


    Stairwell from the outside:


    Airing balcony


    No asylum / sanatorium would be complete without a main hall:


    Chilling on the roof:


    Cheers for looking.
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    whoa great stuff , that looks a massive drop from the top of the stairs :arghh:
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    Despite the fact the place is stripped to it's bones...my god that looks awesome and outstanding shots as always! :)

    That curvy corridor shot reminds me of Barrow Hospital too lol
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    That looks like a fun place to explore. Cheers for sharing mate.
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    Superb pics as always UX, really like the look of this place :)
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    Superbly captured UrbanX normally I would have considered two explores in one day a slow day but this is an exception to the rule two sites at opposite ends of the scale yet offering up just as much and great company to boot....Priority 1's first explores (probably last too lol) and she fared very well. Here are a few of mine:
















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    Excellent stuff you 2! Lovely place even if it is a bit trashed...
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    Still a stunning building no matter what. Nice shots both.
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    You have both captured the place well and even though the place is empty, you both have shown that theres still plenty of interest.

    Well done !!!

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