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 and is now used by an artist.

Sanatorium Salve Mater, Belgium
 

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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 now uses the administration building as his studio and gallery.

Our visit

I understand that permission can be gained to visit the buildings, for a fee. I hear Pascal is a really friendly chap. However, Proj3ct M4yh3m, Darbians and I didn’t get to meet him (luckily!) and enjoyed a permission-free mooch around ;-)

Highlight from the visit was the boots behind the curtain – mainly because they scared the sh*t out of Mr M4yh3m! Ha ha.

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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