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    Posted November 11, 2012 by
    Zagreb, Croatia
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    Brestovac Sanatorium


    Abandoned and somewhat sinister looking, hospital (sanatorium) Brestovac ruins are located on the south slopes of Medvednica, at 846 meters above sea level. That position was considered to be an ideal place for treating tuberculosis and other lung diseases. Hospital was opened in 1909 and it was connected with a love story between an famous Croatian actress Ljerka Sram (known as Lady Sram), and Croatian journalist and doctor, Milivoj Dezman. Lady Sram suffered from tuberculosis, so Dezman did everything to open Sljeme spa. Unfortunately, Lady Sram failed to recover and she died in 1913, but Milivoj Dezman stayed director of Brestovac sanatorium until 1922. Initially, Brestovac was one of the most modern spas (and sanatoriums) for lung disease in Europe. However, during the First and Second World War he served as a military hospital. By the end of the Second World War, in May 1945, around 200 patients were killed there. In 1968 hospital was closed, and soon afterwards partially destroyed. Brestovac sanatorium was built with the money donated by the citizens of Zagreb and the revenue from the lottery. Unfortunately, today Brestovac is forgotten and it’s used only as playground for paintball players.

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