Sanatorium Salve Mater, Belgium

Sanatorium Salve Mater, Belgium

Salve Mater Sanatorium was a psychiatric hospital in Belgium, set up by the Sisters of Mercy to treat only women. The hospital closed in 1997 was used by an artist.

Visited June 2014 Belgium Now under renovation

Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital History

Salve Mater was a psychiatric centre for women. Set up by the ‘Sisters of Mercy’, the hospital was built on lands owned by the counts of Spoelberghopened and was opened in 1927 by Queen Elisabeth of Belgium.

The hospital is set within parkland which was landscaped as an English scenic garden. The park was protected by the Administration of Monuments and Landscapes due to its rich collection of trees and plants, however the land has now been neglected for some time.

The central building held the psychiatric clinic’s administrative offices and the sisters’ convent until it’s closure in 1997. Some of the other buildings were still in use until 2007. Artist and Photographer Pascal Baetens used the administration building as his studio and gallery.

This location has now been renovated

Renovation works have been taking place at Salve Mater and many of the buildings are now family homes.

 

Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Stretcher inside the hospital
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Stretcher inside the hospital

Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Chairs in a bay window
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Chairs in a bay window
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Bed in a room with tiled floor
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Bed in a room with tiled floor
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Comfy looking chair in a room of pastel browns
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Comfy looking chair in a room of pastel browns
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Another room with a bed frame
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Another room with a bed frame
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Long dressing room with retro seventies styling
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Long dressing room with retro seventies styling
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Bathroom
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Bathroom
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Coat hanging under a skylight in the attic
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Coat hanging under a skylight in the attic
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Chair in a room
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Chair in a room
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Another bathroom
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Another bathroom
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Long room with an interesting patterned floor
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Long room with an interesting patterned floor
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Books and documents on a table
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Books and documents on a table
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Help scrawled across a bathroom wall
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Help scrawled across a bathroom wall
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Stained glass window detail
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Stained glass window detail
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - A room with boots behind a shower curtain, surrounded by paint resembling blood
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – A room with boots behind a shower curtain, surrounded by paint resembling blood
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Boots behind a curtain. This scene really makes you jump when you first encounter it!
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Boots behind a curtain. This scene really makes you jump when you first encounter it!
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Lurking in the shadows
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Lurking in the shadows
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Unit with artwork and books
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Unit with artwork and books
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Chair and open doctors bag in a bay window
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Chair and open doctors bag in a bay window
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Corridor with red substance resembling blood on the floor
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Corridor with red substance resembling blood on the floor
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Vessels in the laundry room
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Vessels in the laundry room
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - More laundry washing vessels
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – More laundry washing vessels
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - X-rays in a window
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – X-rays in a window
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Looking through the doors of a conservatory style room
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Looking through the doors of a conservatory style room
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Pictures on a wall behind a random umbrella
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Pictures on a wall behind a random umbrella
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - A stretcher in a pharmacy room, for some strange reason
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – A stretcher in a pharmacy room, for some strange reason
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Cool retro 70s styled chair and TV
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Cool retro 70s styled chair and TV
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - The chapel
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – The chapel
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Chairs set out in the chapel
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Chairs set out in the chapel
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Looking back the other way
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Looking back the other way
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Taller view inside the chapel
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Taller view inside the chapel
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Two rows of chairs under sunny windows in the chapel
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Two rows of chairs under sunny windows in the chapel
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - The hospitals mortuary
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – The hospitals mortuary
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - The slab in the morgue
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – The slab in the morgue
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Fisheye shot showing the whole morgue
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Fisheye shot showing the whole morgue
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Detail of disgustingness! Stuff on the examination table
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Detail of disgustingness! Stuff on the examination table
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Front entrance
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Front entrance
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Sign detail
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Sign detail
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - Wider view of the building
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – Wider view of the building
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital - The buildings in the extensive grounds
Salve Mater Psychiatric Hospital – The buildings in the extensive grounds
If you liked this report please check out Proj3ct M4yh3ms Salve Mater report and Darbians Salve Mater report on their websites.

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