Duran Sanatorium, Cartago

As we all have figured out by now, I am a horrible blogger. In the almost 6 months that I have been here I have blogged all of 3 times.. So I figured now that I have one week left, I will try to make up for it.

A few weeks ago we went to the Duran Sanatorium in Cartago. It is supposedly one of the most haunted places in Costa Rica. TV shows such as Ghost Hunters International and Paranormal State have even come to check it out. The Sanatorium is located in the mountains near Irazu Volcano. It was opened in 1915 by Dr. Carlos Duran and used a hospital for patients with Tuberculosis, as well as hospital for the mentally ill. In 1963 tuberculosis ceased to be an issue and the mentally ill could be treated in other places, it was then converted in to a prison. The Sanatorium shut down permanently in 1973 when it sustained serious damage from an eruption of nearby Irazu Volcano. “But did all of its residents truly leave?”

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe place is huge, so i’m pretty sure this part was constructed later as an addition.

I’m not a big ghost believer, so I was having a lot of fun going along with the whole haunted idea. People claim to hear sounds and see ghosts walking through the halls. Many claim to see ghosts in their pictures, people who weren’t in the room when the pictures were taken. Lets just say I had a lot of fun with this…

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I was cracking myself up! Any ghosts in the background??

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The architecture of all of the buildings is truly amazing.

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These stairs were by far my favorite. All I could think about the whole time was doing a Vintage photo shoot. Especially on these amazing stairs.

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The Sanatorium is huge, is actually several building combined into one, along with several smaller building all around it. Its rooms upon rooms and several levels as well. We only stayed for about 45 minutes, but you could for sure entertain yourself there all day!

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These bathrooms reminded me of a place we visited in Cambodia (Tuol Sleng Torture School) I couldn’t stay here for very long.

 

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I loved all of the art on the walls!

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Don’t really know what this picture wall was. It was downstairs and super creepy.

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I have a small obsession with taking pictures of my feet.. There were so many great floors that I just couldn’t help myself.

So if you’re ever in the Cartago province I recommend stopping by the Sanatorium as well as Irazu!

 

 

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