2 Sep 2013
Last week i took an excursion to a mecca for photographs near Berlin: Sanatorium Beelitz.
It was an official excursion in a small part of this complex (clinic for men, 2 more excursions are available). 20 amateur photographs, 3 buildings, 5 hours time, no groups, no guides.
It was fascinating, exciting, unexpected, touching... you can feel the history of this place, the agony of innumerable patients. An incredible place.
After 5 hours of taking photos, i was dirty, hungry, my memory card was full, my battery was empty, my back hurted, but i was happy and satisfied!
I took 600 photos and joined them into 200 HDR-photos. This was not work, it was relaxation. For jpg i choosed about 20 photos - hope you enjoyed them! You can see all of them in my collection:
Beelitz-Heilstätten, is home to a large hospital complex of about 60 buildings from 1898. Originally designed as a sanatorium by the Berlin workers' health insurance corporation, the complex from the beginning of World War I on was a military hospital of the Imperial German Army. During October and November 1916, Adolf Hitler recuperated at Beelitz-Heilstätten after being wounded in the leg at the Battle of the Somme.
In 1945, Beelitz-Heilstätten was occupied by Soviet forces, and the complex remained a Soviet military hospital until 1994, well after the German reunification. In December 1990 Erich Honecker was admitted to Beelitz-Heilstätten after being forced to resign as the head of the East German government.
Some sections of the hospital remain in operation as a neurological rehabilitation center and as a center for research and care for victims of Parkinsons disease. The remainder of the complex, including the surgery, the psychiatric ward, and a rifle range, was abandoned in 2000. As of 2007, none of the abandoned hospital buildings or the surrounding area were secured, giving the area the feel of a ghost town. This has made Beelitz-Heilstätten a destination for curious visitors and a film set for movies like The Pianist from 2002.
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