Shutter Island | Lost Asylum

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Shutter Island, also known as Lost Asylum is an abandoned psychiatric hospital somewhere in Belgium. The hospital is located on a large site that consists of several beautiful buildings. These are partly still in use. Shutter Island is a very well-known urbex location.

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In the early twenties of the last century there was a shortage of hospitals for males with a psychiatric disorder in this region of Belgium. In consultation with the nearby university, the Brothers of Charity actively sought a site for the establishment of a new psychiatric hospital.

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In 1928 the order bought a conveniently located farm with associated lands and only a few months later the construction work started. The institution for more than 800 psychiatric opened officially in 1932. The complex, a symmetrical whole of buildings and pavilions with associated grounds, currently has a total area of over 64 hectares.

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Little can be found about the role and function of the abandoned pavilion in the institution. From what is still in the building it seems plausible that the building mainly served as a relaxation area.

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The photos were taken in one of the abandoned buildings. The nicest rooms are in the attic. The room with the bed and the wheelchair and the classroom are typical of this location.

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Is Shutter Island easy accessible?
Shutter Island is situated in a small village. The many neighbours are watching the place so you have to take care not being seen by them.

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Is Shutter Island worth the visit?
It is a well known urbex location wich is well worth the visit. Only the attic is worth to photograph but maybe you can find some other interesting spots.

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What is the location of Shutter Island?
As always I am not giving the exact address, coordinates or gps location due to vandalism terrorizing these places lately.

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Is Shutter Island well secured by guards or an alarm?
Shutter Island is not being secured by guards or an alarm. The neighbors are watching the place and don’t hasitate to call the police.




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