Ospedale Psichiatrico di Vercelli

THE ABANDONED HOSPITAL IN ITALY


‘Ospedale Psichiatrico di Vercelli’ is a former psychiatric hospital complex that was built in the early 1930s. Today, thirteen of these pavilions are completely abandoned, while the rest are occupied by several companies.

Already in 1874 Vercelli had one of the four public asylums in Piedmont. It housed 149 patients. In 1935 a brand new hospital was built. It was designed by Ing. Luigi Martina. In 1936, while the hospital complex was still under construction, the psychiatrist Adamo Mario Fiamberti was appointed director. The hospital was completed in 1937 and was one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in Italy, covering an area of ​​28 hectares.

The complex includes 20 pavilions. In the center stands a small church, with still some ruined fresco. The ‘Carlo Forlanini Pavilion’ is located in the western area. Here, patients with more serious problems were housed in very small rooms. In the cellar treatment by electroshock  took place. The hospital was known for its experimental methods, some of these methods are now considered inhuman. The other departments were mostly used for the rehabilitation of patients and there was an auditorium, a gym, an area for children and an area for the patients’ family members.

The hospital remained in business until 1978, when a new law for the dismantling of mental hospitals came into effect. Some pavilions were converted into a regular city hospital, which were used until 1991. I took these photos of ‘Ospedale Psichiatrico di Vercelli’ in 2010.

Ospedale Psichiatrico di Vercelli
Ospedale Psichiatrico di Vercelli
Ospedale Psichiatrico di Vercelli
Ospedale Psichiatrico di Vercelli
Ospedale Psichiatrico di Vercelli
Ospedale Psichiatrico di Vercelli
Ospedale Psichiatrico di Vercelli
Ospedale Psichiatrico di Vercelli
Ospedale Psichiatrico di Vercelli
Ospedale Psichiatrico di Vercelli
Ospedale Psichiatrico di Vercelli
Ospedale Psichiatrico di Vercelli
Ospedale Psichiatrico di Vercelli
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