This hospital was, until its demolition, a classic of the Belgian Urban Exploration! This building is located close to the center of Liège (and close to the 'Fort de la Chartreuse') on a 5 hectares area.
The Valdor hospital was built in 1889 as it can be read on the façade (see below) and was used during almost one century: the last archives we found in the caves of the hospital are dated back to 1987.
The architectural unity of the site is superb, even though in a very bad state. Astounding to see how much 20 years of neglect can hurt!
The plundering over there is also incredible: most of the wooden floors have been methodically stolen. Same for the nice colorful tiled floors, the fireplaces, the woodworks... Everything very professionally, great job.
Taggers also enjoyed the place a little bit too much: sad to see tags on the frescos of the old chapel.
The Valdor has been renovated from 2005 to 2007. Only the main façade remains as a souvenir from the past and hides a modern hospital.
door omstandigheden ben ik nooit meer terug geweest naar deze plaats waar ik met veel liefde heb gewerkt.Heel veel goede en fijne herrineringen zijn er overgebleven.Het doet pijn aan het hart dat zo een mooi gebouw tot de grond wordt gelijk gemaakt.Het zal nooit meer het zelfde zijn.
This hurts...Let me join in saying we all need to leave a mark. Let's do it by saving what what the ravages of neglect and greed have threatened ....through photography. Immortalize works of art on the web and in celebrating and preserving their en devours you will bring renown to yourself no tag or piece could ever accomplish. Keep tagging out of these great places, make the hideous formless concrete monoliths that dominate our time your canvas. Then and only then will I appreciate and respect your work. Architects beware if you fail to deliver beauty, balance and artistic merit in your buildings....it may be added afterward.
I would love to visit. Are there still buildings on the grounds?
To Paulo: nope :-(
I feel very lucky to have explored this a few times while I was in Liege, I am not surprized it was demolished... what an eerie place; fantastic for photography during the day, even better for creepy atmosphere during the night. R.I.P. Valdor!
unfortanaly this one is already torndown for the people who dont know this yet.. i was there last year. it seems castle mese is still there from what i heard.
In May I went there again after a long hiatus; I don't need to describe my shock to see it almost completely demolished. It had always been sad to see this jewel rotting away and being shamelessly plundered, but for this I wasn't quite prepared. Of all abandoned sites I've known, this was by far my favourite. Here are some more pics from my former web site, including the still-untagged chapel: http://tinyurl.com/fpnn5
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