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  1. Mineral Springs Bath House History The construction of the Mineral Springs Bath House began in 1907. This was in order to bring in more tourism and wealth into the area. The town it was built in was an excellent location to host a bath house, as it was well known for it's rich mineral water sources which was believed to have medicinal properties. During the start of the 20th century mineral baths were a very fashionable and popular leisure activity. It took 3 years to build, with the help of local residents and neighbouring villages. It was finally unveiled with a ceremony in 1911. The materials which were used for the interior were designed in Vienna, France and Belgium and it was the most expensive healing bath in Bulgaria at that current time. Typical to most bath houses, it was separated into two sections, one for the men and another for the women. Both areas accommodated for it's visitors with a large circular pool, changing rooms and 10 bathtubs. The baths also provided central heating facilities, the main parts of the building were kept consistently at 15°C, the changing rooms at 28°C and the baths themselves were 32°C. The bath house was also equip with a clinic, admin offices and a large laundry room. Sadly the Mineral Springs Baths eventually closed in 2001, due to the decline in interest and popularity along with the lack of investment by the local government. Visit As always, visited with @darbians on a long weekend trip to Bulgaria. We were both feeling pretty optimistic once we'd seen the grand looking exterior on arrival and fortunately the interior certainly lived up to our expectations. Externals Internals If you've got this far, thanks for reading
  2. I figured it was time to post my first report! Probably one which has passed by here quite some times already, but I guess this place just never gets boring. Abandoned for over 15 years now, because a new and more modern resort opened it's doors nearby. The health resort / bathhouse opened it's doors in 1868 and at the time counted a total of 58 bathtubs. This was quite a luxurious place and attracted wealthy and royal visitors from all over Western Europe. What great fun we had exploring this place, we arrived very early in the morning right after sunrise. We made our way straight to the entrance hall to catch the light falling in. For a more detailed report plus even more photos you can take a look on my website by clicking the link below. I felt it would be a bit overkill to post ALL the photos in this post. Click here for the full location report on my website Thanks for taking a look!
  3. The history of Beelitz-Heilstätten Military Hospital Beelitz Heilstätten is a large abandoned hospital in Germany. The complex comprises around 60 buildings built from 1898 to the plans of architect Heino Schmieden. The buildings were built in the German Country Style, with impressive brickwork. From 1898 until 1930 the Beelitz Heilstätten complex served as sanatorium for lung diseases. At the time lung diseases were commonplace and many such as tuberculosis were often fatal. During the First World War the sanatorium was used as a field hospital to treat casualties of the newly developed weapons such as machine guns and mustard gas. A notable patient during this period was a young Adolf Hitler, at the time a soldier who had been shot in the leg and blinded by a British gas attack at the Battle of the Somme. This earned him the Iron Cross. As irony would have it, his successful treatment at Beelitz and his experiences of war would set the stage for the hospital to once again be used as a field hospital, this time treating wounded Nazis during World War II. In 1945 the hospital was occupied by the Red Army and it served as a Soviet military hospital for the next 50 years until its closure in 1995. Today a handful of the buildings have been converted for modern use, including a neurological rehabilitation hospital and a Parkinson's research centre. The majority of the complex, including the surgery ward, the psychiatric ward, and a rifle range, have all been abandoned and left to decay back into the surrounding forest. 1. The Central Bath House with ornate brick exterior The Bath House at Beelitz Das Zentralbadehaus - The Central Bathhouse - is a prominent building that forms part of the Sanatorium für Männer (Men's Sanatorium) - one quarter of the hospital complex. The bath house is by far one of the more feature-some buildings at Beelitz. Built primarily with cream and fawn glazed clinker bricks, and decorated with glazed red engineering bricks creating a beautifully ornate exterior. Considering the original function of the buildings, it is surprising to find the ornate features are not limited to the exterior. Inside the building, where one would expect to find characterless and functional spaces, are also adorned with pleasing architectural aesthetics. The ground floor of the bath house has several bathing areas, including an enormous cathedral-like domed extension strangely containing nothing but a tiny plunge pool in the centre! The first floor contains mainly treatment rooms, except for the a huge exercise hall. The high arched ceiling here is supported by huge timber beams, each decorated with carved Gothic dragons. The bath house is probably the best preserved of all the buildings at Beelitz, despite extensive water damage due to neglect. Our Visit Beelitz was the most anticipated location on our tour of Germany. Such huge sites are always fun to explore, especially when they are actively patrolled by security! And with such an interesting history and an amazingly ornate look, this was one not to be missed. We spent three mornings looking around the site, and it didn't disappoint. After finding an entry into the bath house we discovered most of the features we were expecting to find across the extensive site right in that building. I'm sure this will always rank as one of my favourite buildings I have visited. 2. The main bathing room with tiny plunge pool 3. Main bathing room 4. Main bathing room 5. View from top 6. Fisheye view from the top 7. Round window 8. Ceiling 9. Dentist chair in red room 10. Red tinted room 11. Columns in entrance hall 12. Entrance hall 13. Entrance hall 14. Staircase 15. Entrance hall fisheye 16. Staircase 17. Entranceway 18. Steps inside the main entrance 19. Main entrance 20. Piano in decaying room 21. Piano in decaying room 22. The piano had been left after a music video was filmed here 23. Grand piano 24. Grand room 25. Large exercise hall with ornate dragon carvings 26. Chair in light 27. Exercise hall 28. External (as viewed from the Bath House)
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