Sanatório Santa Maria

Built: 1926

Abandoned: 2000

Visited: 2017

Caramulo, Viseu, Portugal

This abandoned ‘Sanatório Santa Maria’ is located on the south slope of Caramulo mountain, an old health village in Portugal. The lung hospital was built in 1926.

European research of lung doctors pointed out that lung hospitals should be well-exposed to sunlight. Creating ideal conditions for the treatment of diseases like tuberculosis or Vitamin D-deficiency. Because of this vision, this sanatorium was built in a straight line with many terraces, wide balconies and open galleries. Later a new wing was added to the ground floor to house more patients.

Improvements in sanitation, vaccination, and antibiotics significantly reduced tuberculosis. As a result this sanatorium had to close down.

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