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Former autopsy room in Poland

These eerie images of abandoned asylums from around the world are enough to send a chill down your spine. From crumbling buildings to decaying medical equipments, I often think twice before stepping into any of these empty hospitals.

Long hallway
Long hallway

In this article I cover a haunting series of pictures – which are not for the fainthearted – after visiting a number of asylums that resemble a scene from a horror film. Many of the images feature what used to be treatment chairs, prayer rooms, mailboxes and sleeping quarters.

I have visited the likes of Italy, Germany, Poland and several other countries to shoot asylums but have to admit visiting such locations comes with an air of sadness and I decide to leave after getting the feeling I simply should not be in a certain room.

Beds in former children hospita
Beds in former children hospital

Among other buildings, like  abandoned castles, churches, factories and theatres, asylums are one of my favourite locations to shoot. The asylums with a lot of decay are the ones I love. Somehow I find there is something secret about asylums – there are rooms I would never see if the asylum was still in use.

Hallway overtaken by nature
Hallway overtaken by nature

More than other locations I feel very privileged to peek inside. The equipment I run into is often so old and interesting – it’s amazing – and next to that it often happens that I find human bones or detailed private psychic reports from years ago.

In my opinion there are two types of abandoned asylums, those that remain in relatively good condition and those that are very decayed. Despite carrying out a large amount of research to find these buildings, I never reveal their exact location, only the country. I do this in order to protect the buildings from graffiti artists and vandals.

This article has also been covered by The Sun in the UK.

Swimming pool
Swimming pool
Horror chair
Horror chair
Former operating room
Former operating room
Autopsy table in the woods
Autopsy table in the woods
Waiting room
Waiting room
Hallway with mattresses
Hallway with mattresses
Operating room
Operating room
Archive room with private patient reports
Archive room with private patient reports
A place to relax
A place to relax
Gym
Gym
Corner in a former elderly home
Corner in a former elderly home