Le Bains Thermal

Built: 1862

Abandoned: 2004

Visited: 2014

Belgium

This is a view inside one of the oldest buildings in a specialized resort town situated around a mineral spa. As the famed site of healing cold springs, this town has been frequented as a watering-place since as early as the 14th century.

1868

At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, the city experienced significant urban redevelopment with the construction of this ‘Les Bains Thermal’ building in 1862. This thermal infrastructure would include 54 equipped baths and peat baths, opening in 1868. The City modernised the thermal building in 1905 but the First World War took away any tourist activity, transforming the spa in a vast lazaretto for the German army.

A new, modern spa house was opened in 2004. This old one has been out of use and abandoned ever since.

Photos Le Bains Thermal

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