Connor Hicks

Travel, Landscape & Urban Photographer

Jokers Asylum, Norway

Located on a mountainside, 1600ft above sea level Jokers Asylum was originally opened as a sanatorium in 1902 for patients in Norway with a specific type of lung disease. The sanatorium originally catered for 96 patients when it opened, and was later extended to 120, and then 150.

The sanatorium was completely self-sufficient with its own power source, shops, a chapel and a post office.

Just after WWII a drug was invented that eliminated the lung disease, so there was no longer any need for the sanatorium, so it was turned into a psychiatric hospital.

Due to unknown reasons the site has now been inactive for over 20 years and is currently awaiting renovation.

 

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