Beelitz-Heilstätten – Male Pavilion – Germany

The Pavilion of the Male Sanatorium at Beelitz was the primary treatment area for sufferers of tuberculosis. The building is huge with extensive open-air treatment areas.

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion
 

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Beelitz Reports
This is part of a series of reports from Beelitz Heilstätten Military Hospital in Germany. Please have a look at the Central Bath House and Women’s Lung Hospital Reports

 

The interesting history of Beelitz hospital has already been covered in previous reports, but if you haven’t read it it’s worth a look. Click below to expand….

The Male Pavilion at Beelitz

The Male Pavilion is the largest building in the Male Sanatorium quarter of the Beelitz complex. The pavilions were the main treatment areas in sanatoriums for tuberculosis sufferers, requiring plenty of fresh air and bed-rest in peaceful surroundings. The pavilions were in effect simply a series of wards, with open-air verandas running the entire length of one side. The pavilions did not house any surgeries or other services, these were all supplied by other buildings in the complex. None-the-less the pavilions were still ornately decorated and despite the wards themselves being somewhat repetitive in order to house literally thousands of patients, the buildings still contained prominent features. The central staircase is a testament to the impressive style of the period. The western-most end of the building features a huge exercise hall with carved dragons similar to those in the Bathhouse. Murals and decoration from the hospitals occupation by the CCCP are visible on the walls of the exercise hall.

The sanatorium served as a military hospital between 1914 to 1918 as part of the war effort and this particular pavilion was the one that housed the young Bavarian infantry corporal, Adolph Hitler while he recovered from being shot in the leg and blinded by mustard gas at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Interestingly, this particular pavilion was not exclusively for military use, nor was it exclusively for male patients during Soviet occupation. A wing of this pavilion was set aside to treat children, presumably those of military personnel. Due to the pavilion being in use much longer than many other buildings at Beelitz it has withstood the test of time rather well. Although now unmaintained for 20 years, and showing some signs of water damage, the building is in surprisingly good shape.

Our Visit
After exploring the Bath House we headed over to the next building, the Male Pavilion. From the front this appears to be a small building, but in reality the building is huge; the main corridor running on and on behind the deceiving frontage. Access was absolutely awful, crawling through a cramped, wet, asbestos filled tunnel of horrendousness, only to later discover another clean dry tunnel large enough to stand in that we could have used! Oh well, these things happen, and I have never been so pleased to wear a dust mask on explores! The effort turned out to be worth it, the building was another beautifully ornate affair with a lovely level of decay.

 

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Main Hall with CCCP Murals

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Main Hall with CCCP Murals

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Main Hall

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Main Hall

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Lizard Mural

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Lizard Mural

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Main entrance and staircase

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Main entrance and staircase

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Staircase and Corridor

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Staircase and Corridor

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Room with old bed

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Room with old bed

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Staircase

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Staircase

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Top of the stairs

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Top of the stairs

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Corridor

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Corridor

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Corridor

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Corridor

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Steps in the main entrance

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Steps in the main entrance

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Figures in a room

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Figures in a room

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Odd people set-up

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Odd people set-up

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Pink shoes!

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Pink shoes!

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Main Entrance External

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Main Entrance External

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Hall External

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Hall External

Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion - Statue of CCCP Soldier outside the main hall

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Beelitz Heilstätten Male Pavilion – Statue of CCCP Soldier outside the main hall

Further Reading If you liked this report please also see Proj3ct Mayh3m's Beelitz Men's Pavilion report or Darbians' Beelitz Mens Pavilion report on their websites.

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