Tour de la Famenne – The Elevated Restaurant of Belgium

Tour de la Famenne – The Elevated Restaurant of Belgium

Tour de la Famenne

The Elevated Restaurant of Belgium

Tour de la Famenne

History in short

Location

On the highway N4 near Marche-en-Famenne

Construction

At the start of the 1970s the construction of the tower began and it opened its doors 3 years later in 1973. It is built to handle wind speeds of up to 300 km/h. The elevator can get you in 40 seconds to a height of 60 metres. The cafeteria is located on the 2nd floor with snacks, beer and coffee to your serving.

One floor up is the restaurant at an elevation of 75 metres. Closed in 2007.

First floor | Kitchen/sanitary

After 244 steps we arrived at the first floor. Too bad the escalator doesn’t work anymore. 

2nd floor | Cafetaria

A decent staircase took us to the 2nd floor, the cafetaria.

From the surface the tower looks like this. Tall and a bit weird, it’s just all concrete. A rusted sign saying Cafe Restaurant – Tour de la Famenne.

3rd floor | Restaurant

A dec

Behind the Tour de la Famenne | The Slide

For more information check out their Facebook page –> TourdelaFamenne

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What once was the oldest theme park of Belgium, Dadipark

What once was the oldest theme park of Belgium, Dadipark

Dadipark

Once a famous theme park, now nothing more than a field of grass and a pond

October 31, 2011

What was the oldest theme park of Belgium? That was Dadipark, for sure. A truly magical place to explore after years of neglect. It was October 31, 2011 when we arrived at this location. At last we could check it off from our wish list.

As the days were growing shorter the night came quickly and darkness soon surrounded us completely. We parked the car at the back of the park so nobody could see it when the sun came up. My best friend Hannes was with me and as he can cook pretty good we had a delicious dinner on the table.

Yes, we had some luxury during our trip. First off it was a mobilhome Land Rover Defender made to accommodate 7 people with cooking furnace, a lot of storage room and more. But there was one thing we forgot… It was the day of Halloween!

All of a sudden we heard voices and the beam of a flashlight entered the window of the car. Scary, hell yes! I went out to check what was happening and quickly I realised it was October 31. All good, no panic, just some folks having fun exploring the park at night.

Next morning rise and shine for our own explore to come… it was so cool to explore this abandoned park with many attractions hidden behind a thick layer of trees. We missed quite a bit thanks to the Autumn season!

Let’s go back in time…

Anno 1950

Dadipark was a 12 hectare recreation park in the centre of Dadizele, a village in Belgium. Pastor Gaston Deweer opened the doors in 1950. Dadizele has been a hotspot among pilgrims since the 14th century. The playground for the kids of the pilgrims who served at the Basilica of Our Lady of Dadizele evolved into an independent theme park.

Big and modern attractions weren’t the main focus of the park but it was a low-profile and affordable park for children. In the spotlight stood an 800-metre long suspension bridge, the longest in Europe at that time. At its peak the park hosted up to 1 million visitors.

And now the sad part of the story…
At some point the park didn’t meet the safety requirements and parents rated it unsafe for their kids. As result Dadipark had to close in 2002 because of an incident on the Nautic Jet. Although several rescue plans were considered, the park was demolished in 2012.

Continue below for more history…

This 800-metre long suspension bridge was the highlight of the amusement park.

The brain behind

the child-powered attractions

Roger Beernaert, the man who almost entirely built all the attractions of Dadipark. His wife worked 10 years at the park during the summer and his daughter sold ice cream for the kids. It was like a family business. In the winter of 1956 Roger builds a suspension bridge, which was his most cherished masterpiece.

He made the newspaper ‘Het Nieuwsblad’ in July 2012 when the demolitions started.
Read the article here (in Dutch)

Hannes showing a sad face because this glorious location will soon be no more.

Red figures in the mid-1980s

In the mid-1980s the park became a commercial enterprise, but the number of visitors further decreased. Resulting in red figures.

The Super-Glissando with blue and yellow slides didn’t slide so good anymore. Proof tested by my friend Hannes by the way!

The Super-Glissando was still a nice attraction on this amazing day.

Karting circuit, no more karts are going to ride here ever again.

Anno 2000

In the year 2000, a tragic accident happened when a 9-year old kid from Kortrijk almost lost his arm in the attraction of the Nautic Jet. This was the last and most serious accident in Dadipark’s history followed by many complaints about the safety, resulting in a further significant decrease of visitors.

The Nautic Jet pictured below.

©2011 – Laurens Top

It was decided to close the park for renovations in 2002 which would last a year, but it never reopened ever since.

Due to financial difficulties and the tough competition from bigger theme parks, Dadipark was forced to close forever, although the company “NV Dadipark” still exists today.

Anno 2004

Since 2004, several companies showed interest in buying the park to convert it into a new theme park with modern attractions such as a wild water slide and an event centre, but the urban planning regulations were too strict to attract potential investors. The area is officially destined for daytime recreation, the access has to stay low-profile while only 15 to 20 % can be commercially used.

Several attempts to save the old Dadipark were made, but all of them failed to achieve their goal.

It was all about child-powered attractions, only non-child powered were the bumper cars and the train.

Me on the suspension bridge taking a photo with a tripod.

Anno 2011

In 2011, the group “Dadipark Blijft” (Dadipark Stays) was created to protect the park from disappearing very soon. Its purpose was to prevent this, but in July 2012, the demolition took place anyway. A Dutch company removed the asbestos from the buildings to tear them down afterwards.

Only the protected trees remained, nothing else was spared.

The municipal administration of Dadizele thought about converting the big do-it-yourself playground into a sports and leisure park, but it just remained an empty park.

It was a special feeling to be in this peculiar park, but hell yeah we had some fun!

Funny article by The Ghost Hunter.nl

The Dutch Ghost Hunters explored the park and found unusual activity there…

Read their full article here

A brief history of Belgian theme park Dadipark

‘waar kind koning is | where child is king’


References:

  1.  Dadipark on Wikipedia. Retreived from https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dadipark. Accessed on August 12, 2018.
  2.  Dadipark, waar kinderen de koning waren. Retrieved from https://www.hullabaloo.be/recreatief/dadipark. Published on March 22, 2005 by hullabaloo.be.
  3.  Roger Beernaert ziet met sloop Dadipark levenswerk eindigen. ‘Mijn levenswerk gaat tegen de vlakte’. Retrieved from https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20120718_00227151. Published on July 19, 2012 by Arne Vansteenkiste on nieuwsblad.be.

Which abandoned theme park do you like the most and what is your story about it? Share below!

© Photos taken by me and Hannes Hulstaert, unless stated otherwise.

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Ngong Ping Tea Garden, Hong Kong

Ngong Ping Tea Garden, Hong Kong

Ngong Ping

Tea Garden

Hong Kong’s only tea garden long gone

Hong Kong had just one tea garden to date and it was located on Lantau Island near the Mook Yu Mountain, called Ngong Ping Tea Garden.

It was owned by a cement maker for over a decade.  Thanks to the altitude of 400 metres and the humid air all year round, the tea grew well and could be harvested twice a year.

Following a brief history of the tea garden.

First Generation: Brook Bernacchi

The tea garden was previously owned by an English lawyer named Brook Bernacchi. In the 1940s he was assigned as the British Queen’s Counselor to Hong Kong. In order to create job opportunities for prisoners who were set free, Brook Bernacchi came up with the idea to open this Tea Garden and let them make their own living.

Brook Bernacchi

b. 22nd January 1922, d. 22nd September 1996

He was born in London and arrived in Hong Kong in 1945 as advisor to Major General FW Festing. “One of Hong Kong’s early democrats, he was an important moderate political voice in the colony from the 1950s to the 1970s”.

“In 1947 Bernacchi bought 200 acres of land at a former nunnery in Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, and built a tea plantation on 70 acres of it, producing a tea that he sold under the name Lotus Brand.”

Second Generation: Chan Woon Chi

The only tea plantation of Hong Kong is located in Lantau Island. Chan Woon Chi is the master of tea plantation. He used to be a contractor and took over the plantation. He named it simply the Tea Garden almost 18 years ago.

The main products of this tea plantation are green tea and oolong tea. The process of producing oolong tea is complex and time-consuming. Usually, Mr. Chan would choose to produce green tea. In the morning he picks tea leaves, and then he prepares the tea leaves for several hours.

Find out the process of making tea here

Mr. Chan is very proud of the quality of his tea. Some Indian used to visit his plantation and they left some tea trees to him. He says, “India tea cannot compare with my tea!” he also proclaims, “the elevation of Lantau Peak is 900 m, the elevation of my tea plantation is 600 m. This height is very suitable for planting tea.”

The Future of the Tea Garden

The biggest problem of Mr. Chan is that he does not have enough people to help him. Some of his friends used to come here to help him pick tea leaves, but they are aging. Their children do not want to carry on the planting career. The labor cost of Hong Kong is high. Mr. Chan cannot make a lot of money. Talking about the future of his tea plantation, his biggest wish is keeping the plantation. He makes a plan to promote his tea plantation and restaurant. He wants young people who visit his plantation can experience the process of producing tea. He will teach them how to pick and fire tea leaves. The next generation will experience the charm of traditional tea culture.

 


 

References:

The Secret Garden. Retrieved from https://aria927.wordpress.com/tea-garden/. Group name EACA – Evangeline, Alfred, Chris, Aria. Ngong Ping Tea Garden. Accessed June 25, 2018.
Brook Bernacchi. Retrieved from https://industrialhistoryhk.org/brook-bernacchi-tea-estate-ngong-ping-western-resident-lantau-island/. The Industrial History of Hong Kong Group. This article was first posted on 30th April 2016.

Wisdom Path

38 timber columns with a height of 8 to 10 metres each symbolises the infinity symbol (8).

Why is it there and what is written on them?

These columns are located near the Po Lin Bhuddist Monastery, which was established in 1906 by three Chinese monks. At that time it was simply known as “The Big Hut” (大茅蓬 Tai Mao Pung). It changed to its current name in 1924.

Each one has a Chinese inscription and originates from a 260-word prayer used by Bhuddists. It is the Heart Sutra.

Origin of the Wisdom Path?

The sutra’s Sanskrit title, Prajñāpāramitāhṛdaya, can be translated as “The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom“. The Heart Sūtra is often cited as the best-known and most popular Buddhist scripture.

More about the Wisdom Path

Tian Tan Buddha

Also known as the Big Buddha, a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, constructed started in 1990 and was completed in 1993. It symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith and is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong.

Height: 34 metres (112 ft)

Weight: 250 metric tons

Material: 202 bronze pieces

Take: 268 steps to get there

Orientation: Faces north instead of south

The figure can be seen across the bay from as far away as Macau on a clear day. The Buddha’s right hand is raised, representing the removal of affliction, while the left rests open on his lap in a gesture of generosity.

The Tea Garden nowadays

I went to Hong Kong in December 2017 and visited Lantau Island to check out Ngong Ping and what did I find there…

Empty houses on the path to the YHA Ngong Ping SG Davis Youth Hostel, which I booked for 2 days. 1 day was enough to see everything really, but the scenery is beautiful for hiking or a visit to the monastery.

These houses are originally from the tea garden and are empty as can be, surrounded by plants and trees they kind of disappear in the background. Yet still visible to many hikers and backpackers as they are close to the main hiking road. No more windows, no more doors, you just walk right in and check it out yourself. Can be a little bit eerie to enter but with a companion it is quite alright.

So there’s unfortunately no future for the tea garden…

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Spreepark, Germany

Spreepark, Germany

Germany's Spreepark

Spreepark

This entertainment park opened its doors in 1969 under the name Kulturpark Plänterwald right next to the Spree river.
It was the only constant entertainment park in the GDR, and the only such park in either East or West Berlin.

Under the Spreepark GmbH in 1991 some new attractions were added and visitor numbers reached 1.5 million per annum. Later the concept was changed and the park was gradually transformed into a more Western-style amusement park.
Entrance fee: adults: 29 DM, children: 27 DM.

Since 1999 the park has had to cope with large debts. The increase in the admission fee to 30 DM per person and a lack of parking space contributed to a drop in visitor numbers until in 2001 only 400,000 visitors entered the park.
In 2001 Spreepark GmbH announced that they were insolvent, which led to the closure of the site in 2002.

© Video by Hannes Hulstaert

Our visit

July 14, 2014 | 12 years after closure

On route to Poland from Belgium we crossed Germany, the holy grail for urban exploration. Simply put because of its long and exiting history. Although not all of it is positive but as an urban explorer does love to explore such impressive places it is a real adventure to dig in history and do research about it and see it with their own eyes.

Same for this abandoned theme park, there’s little known about its history although they still have a website spreepark.de.

After we got in we stumbled upon the Santa Fe Express, located close to the main entrance of the park. A pity this train had to suffer like this, despite all the years it still looked like a decent train. A little bit paint and you’re all set.
Its track was long and exciting, running close near the fence and later passing the water rapids called Grand Canyon while going through a curvy tunnel.

Then there was the Spreeblitz roller coaster… Ready for take off at the launch pad. A funny selfie taken on the last seat of the cart made the scene complete. We were having a lot of fun!

The original map of the Spreepark

 

1. Haupteingang 21. Wildwasserbahn „Grand Canyon“ 41. Kindereisenbahn 2
2. Maskottchen-Fotopoint 22. Autofahrt „Monte Carlo Drive“ 42. Schießstand Indianer
3. Santa Fe-Express 23. Imbisspavillon 43. Pizzeria
4. Las Vegas Country 24. Weinverkostung „Pallhuber“ 44. Verlosung
5. Dönerimbiss 25. Kanalfahrt „Canale Grande“ 45. Haribo-Markt
6. Rollover „Jill“ 26. Eispavillon 46. Riesenrad
7. Fernlenkboote 1 27. Achterbahn „Spreeblitz“ 47. Amphitheater
8. Brummel 28. Chapeau Claque 48. Schiffsschaukel „Pirat“
9. Bühne vor der Bank 29. Bäckerei/Café 49. Kinderkarussell Bummi
10. Steak-House 30. Schwanen-Fahrt 50. „Kentucky Ride“
11. 180° Kino „Cinema 2000“ 31. Dino-World 51. Kinderbühne
12. Imbiss 32. Minitruck-Fahrt 52. Grillpavillon
13. Flic Flac 33. Schießstand Pirat 53. Spielplatz
14. Loopingbahn „Mega-Loop“ 34. Fernlenkboote 2 54. Altberliner Oldtimer
15. Achterbahn „Fun Express“ 35. Imbisspavillon „Storchennest“ 55. Imbisspavillon „Goldhähnchen“
16. Kindereisenbahn 1 36. Piccadilly Circus Chapiteau 56. Crêpes- und Waffelpavillon
17. „Spider“ (Polyp) 37. Merry Old England 57. Walzerfahrt
18. Imbisspavillon 38. Greifer-Pavillon 58. Fliegender Teppich „1001 Nacht“
19. „Butterfly“ (Twister) 39. Achterbahn/Bobbahn „Jet Star“ 59. Kettenflieger
20. Baby-Flug 40. Riesenrutsche „Wellental“ 60. „Roting Cup“
© https://berliner-spreepark.de/

© Published on Dec 31, 2012 by Rasendampfer01

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The sanatorium for curing tuberculosis

The sanatorium for curing tuberculosis

The sanatorium

for curing tuberculosis

 

A sanatorium is a medical facility for long-term illness, most typically associated with treatment of tuberculosis (TB).

a.k.a. the “Great White Plague”

History of the sanatorium

Timeline

1517
1517

Lipik springs

Lipik springs

Lipik, Croatia | The Lipik Sanatorium was mentioned as far back as 1517, under the name of “Lipik springs”.

Image © http://www.bolnica-lipik.hr/?vrsta=3&id=117 | Banja Lipik

1836
1836

Sanatoria in the modern sense

Sanatoria in the modern sense

Sutton Coldfield, England | George Bodington opened a sanatorium, “the Driffold House” in 1836. You can find his essay “On the Treatment and Cure of Pulmonary Consumption” at the topic of ‘why is a sanatorium needed’.

Image ©  | Treatment and Cure of Pulmonary Consumption

1854
1854

Brehmersche Heilanstalt für Lungenkranke

Brehmersche Heilanstalt für Lungenkranke

Görbersdorf, Silesia | In 1863, Hermann Brehmer opened the Brehmersche Heilanstalt für Lungenkranke in Görbersdorf (Sokołowsko), for the treatment of tuberculosis. Patients were exposed to plentiful amounts of high altitude, fresh air, and good nutrition.

Image © http://fotopolska.eu/769703,foto.html | 1879, Dr Brehmer’s Heilanstalten w Sokołowsku (reklama obiektu)

1882
1882

Dr. Robert Koch identified the tubercle bacillus as the cause of the disease

Dr. Robert Koch identified the tubercle bacillus as the cause of the disease

Every year on 24 March, World TB Day commemorates the day in 1882 that Dr. Robert Koch identified the tubercle bacillus as the cause of the disease. Despite advances in modern medicine, TB is still endemic in many parts of the world, causing nearly 1.5 million deaths every year.

Today, TB treatment often involves prolonged use of a combination of antibiotics to reduce the risk of the bacteria becoming resistant. In this photograph taken in 1937, children are undergoing a very different type of treatment, common throughout Europe from the late 19th century.

Sanatoriums were based on the belief of Hermann Brehmer, a German physician who thought that TB arose due the heart’s inability to irrigate the lungs. He proposed that areas high above sea level, with plentiful fresh air and good nutrition, were the key to curing the disease and established Brehmersche Heilanstalt für Lungenkranke (Brehmersche Sanatorium for Lung Patients) in Görbersdorf.

After Brehmer’s death, the sanatorium movement spread throughout Europe and even into metropolitan areas at low altitudes. The choice of climate was varied, from high-altitude Alps resorts such as Davos, to the dry air and sun of Arizona, USA. Soon after this photo was taken, sanatoriums began to close after the antibiotic streptomycin was discovered as the first cure for TB in 1943.

In 2016, TB continues to be one of the top infectious disease killers in the world and ending the epidemic by 2030 is a health target of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Image © | Child patients lying outside in beds on a terrace outside the Hospital of Alton, Hampshire, in the sun as part of their therapy | 1937, Wellcome Library, London

1885
1885

Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium, USA in 1885

Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium, USA in 1885

Was the first such establishment in North America, USA by Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau. After Trudeau’s death in 1915, the institution’s name was changed to the Trudeau Sanatorium. Architecture style can be described as late Victorian, late 19th and 20th Century Revivals.

Image © http://museum.aarc.org  | 1922 Trudeau’s Cottage Sanitarium

1911
1911

Saskatchewan Anti-Tuberculosis League in 1911

Saskatchewan Anti-Tuberculosis League in 1911

Canada 1900, it was Saskatchewan’s first health charity. Peter McAra was the first President and Dr. William Hart was the first Medical Superintendent.

Image © https://sk.lung.ca/about-us/who-we-are/history/timeline | Saskatchewan Anti-Tuberculosis League in 1911

1943
1943

The cure for TB – 1943

The cure for TB – 1943

Graduate student Albert Schatz isolated streptomycin — a bactericidal antibiotic effective against a virulent strain of tuberculosis — in a tiny basement laboratory at Rutgers University.


Image © Wikimedia Commons | An October Scene- The Young Consumptive, from “Le Journal Illustré” no. 34 (October 2-9, 1864)

What is tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB).

Consumption, phthisis or Miliary tuberculosis, scrofula, Pott’s disease, and the White Plague refer to tuberculosis throughout history. The historical term “consumption” came about due to the weight loss.

La Miseria by Cristóbal Rojas – Obra de arte, Pintura de Cristóbal Rojas (1857–1890) Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas- Venezuela. – 150 Pinturas Antológicas. Juan Calzadilla. Fundación Museos Nacionales, Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, 2012, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2566264

Ways to cure TB?

The advancement of scientific understanding of tuberculosis and its contagious nature created the need for institutions to house sufferers.

Tuberculosis facilities came to life as early as the 1840s. George Bodington proposed a dietary, rest, and medical care program for a hospital he planned to find in Maney, England. After numerous attacks from medical experts, especially articles in The Lancet, disheartened Bodington and he had to turn his plans into housing the insane. Read his essay here.

George Bodington (1799–1882) was a British general practitioner and pulmonary specialist.

Around the same time in the United States, in late October and early November 1842, Dr. John Croghan, the owner of Mammoth Cave, brought 15 tuberculosis sufferers into the cave in the hope of curing the disease with the constant temperature and purity of the cave air. Patients were lodged in stone huts, and each was supplied with a slave to bring meals.

Dr. John Croghan (1790–1849) was an American medical doctor who helped establish the United States Marine Hospital of Louisville and organized some tuberculosis medical experiments and tours for Mammoth Cave, in Kentucky (U.S.) during 1839–1849.

By late January, early February 1843, two patients were dead and the rest had left the Mammoth Cave. Departing patients died anywhere from three days to three weeks after resurfacing; John Croghan died of tuberculosis at his Louisville residence in 1849.

Two patients were dead and the rest had left the Mammoth Cave. Departing patients died anywhere from three days to three weeks after resurfacing.

Efforts to end TB

On March 1, 2018 I received an email from a Health Educator with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Tuberculosis Control Program and I was surprised to read it…

World TB Day is at the end of March and provides the opportunity to raise awareness about this deadly disease. To commemorate this day, my program has decided to create a display of historical TB sanatoriums to show how far we have come in terms of TB prevention and treatment.

The World Health Organization (WHO) organises campaigns every year to commemorate World TB Day. This year it was held on March 24, 2018.

Mayo Clinic states the following as possible treatments for TB

Treatment

Medications are the cornerstone of tuberculosis treatment. But treating TB takes much longer than treating other types of bacterial infections.

With tuberculosis, you must take antibiotics for at least six to nine months. The exact drugs and length of treatment depend on your age, overall health, possible drug resistance, the form of TB (latent or active) and the infection’s location in the body.

Recent research suggests that a shorter term of treatment — four months instead of nine — with combined medication may be effective in keeping latent TB from becoming active TB. With the shorter course of treatment, people are more likely to take all their medication, and the risk of side effects is lessened. Studies are ongoing.

Most common TB drugs

If you have latent tuberculosis, you may need to take just one type of TB drug. Active tuberculosis, particularly if it’s a drug-resistant strain, will require several drugs at once The most common medications used to treat tuberculosis include:

  • Isoniazid
  • Rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane)
  • Ethambutol (Myambutol)
  • Pyrazinamide

© Mayo Clinic

Sanatoria in Belgium

Personally I know 3 sanatoria here in Belgium, I visited all 3 of them. One is already converted into a retirement home, being Sanatorium Joseph Lemaire. The 2 other buildings are still abandoned and very popular among urban explorers with traces of tags and more broken windows after each visit. A sanatorium is a huge complex with large rooms and many windows to get lots of fresh air and sunlight. Located far from the city and surrounded by nature this is the perfect place to cure the disease. Back then, medicines didn’t exist yet and the sanatorium was thought to cure the sufferers.

Preventorium for the kids of Dolhain

 

This old art-deco hospital was a tuberculosis preventorium for kids. In the 1970s this hospital had 150 beds. Preventoria differed slightly from sanatoria in that they catered more specifically to patients with an early state of infection. The Dolhain preventorium nestled along the Weser and the railway line Liege-Welkenraedt, knew its best days in the 70’s. Due to advances in medicine, that almost completely eradicated tuberculosis, the domain lost its purpose. The hospital was sold in the 1990s to a German company that planned lofts in the building. Now, many years later, the plans still haven’t been carried out.

Outside the hospital stands an old fire truck. The Magirus-Deutz with a 30 meter ladder was used years ago by the local fire brigade.

Image © Pieter-Jan

Sanatorium Du Basil

 

The construction of Sanatorium Du Basil, a complex of around 1.2 million francs, started in 1900 and occupied 56 hectares of usable space for curing tuberculosis. The first patients were admitted three years later in 1903. 113 beds were provided for men from Liège at first. Later the facility was opened for women too. Located at a remote area from the nearby city at a height of 400 metres surrounded by a coniferous forest. Fresh air as well as quiet and peace should help curing the disease. The site had its own water supply and even their own graveyard to prevent infection from tuberculosis as it was a major concern.

After integration of another hospital this site closed in 2010. It became a shelter for asylum seekers and was finally abandoned due to cost concerns. Since then it stands in decay.

“Not to spot with the disease but rather a picture to illustrate how he thought it should look like.”

Sanatorium Joseph Lemaire

 

This sanatorium is situated in Tombeek (Overijse), Vlaams-Brabant. Built in modernism and Nieuwe Bouwen style by architect Maxim Brunfaut. Designed in 1937 by Maxim and Fernand and commissioned by the socialist insurance La Prévoyance Sociale and named after the director of that time.

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Château Miranda – the fairytale castle of Noisy, Belgium

Château Miranda – the fairytale castle of Noisy, Belgium

Château Miranda

A 19th-century neo-Gothic castle

in the province of Namur, Belgium.

This Château was built in 1866 by the English architect Edward Milner under commission from the Liedekerke-De Beaufort family, who had left their previous home, Vêves Castle, during the French Revolution. However, Milner died before the Château was finished. Construction was completed in 1907 after the clock tower was erected.

Their descendants remained in occupation until World War II. A portion of the Battle of the Bulge took place on the property, and it was during that time that the Château was occupied by German forces.

In 1950, Château Miranda was renamed “Château de Noisy” when it was taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium (NMBS/SNCB) as an orphanage and also a holiday camp for sickly children. It lasted as a children’s camp until the late 1970s.

© Photo by Raoul M.

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