Provinciale Normaalschool Internaat

THE ABANDONED SCHOOL IN BELGIUM

The ‘Provinciale Normaalschool Tienen’, or in short PNT, was a government school for primary education, secondary education and teacher training. The school was owned by the province of Brabant in Tienen.

It took five years to complete this big boarding school. The new school replaced the old buildings that couldn’t live up to the modern standard and that became too small for the number of pupils. The construction in Tienen had started in 1968.

The boarding school was put into use in 1973, during a period in which many schools got their boarding schools closed. But the Normaalschool was a popular one, many students were housed here. On weekends the school housed many athletes, the site around the school had several sport fields. But the sporters also could follow lessons. In 1976 the national athletics games took place at the school sport fields.

1984

In 1984, higher education in Tienen ceased to exist, so also the boarding school was closed. But the building was used by different organizations until 2006. In 2007 it was finally decided that the boarding school, located on a 6 hectare domain, would not be demolished. According to the new plans, there will be 249 apartments on the site. I visited the ‘Provinciale Normaalschool Internaat’ in 2013.

Built 1973
Abandoned 2008
Demolished 2013
Provinciale Normaalschool Internaat
Provinciale Normaalschool Internaat
Provinciale Normaalschool Internaat
Provinciale Normaalschool Internaat
Provinciale Normaalschool Internaat
Provinciale Normaalschool Internaat
Provinciale Normaalschool Internaat
Provinciale Normaalschool Internaat
Provinciale Normaalschool Internaat
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