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Parantolantie and Sanatorimintie
Status: Former Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Former Mental Hospital; Abandoned
Opened in 1903 this former tuberculosis sanatorium was built in the Art Nouveau style. It was a direct result of the actions taken by the Finnish Anti-Tuberculosis Society (1899).
The location was picked for 2 reasons – the same 2 reasons most locations for sanatoriums were picked worldwide – for fresh air (as that was thought to help cure the disease; in truth it actually helped spread the highly contagious disease) and for distance from all population centres.
The sanatorium was closed in 1932 and all patients were moved to of the more modern sanatoriums created at that time. Anti-biotics hadn’t been discovered yet – in 1932 - and they were the cure for tuberculosis and the reason why all sanatoriums were eventually closed.
A mental hospital was opened in the building called the Roykka Hospital.
The asylum was closed in 1989 and the building left abandoned since.
The building still stands but entering it is both dangerous and considered trespassing.
The most famous ghost of the old hospital is that of a woman who jumped from the roof committing suicide. Her apparition continues to play out the final seconds of her life but, of course, no body is ever found. There have been numerous reports of seeing the woman jump and hit the ground with a very disturbing thud.
Curiously, she is reported as replaying the suicide only at night resulting in the assumption that her original jump was after dark.
Multi-coloured flashing lights are frequently reported as coming out of the building.
The apparition of a teenage girl is seen wandering throughout the building; sometimes she seen looking out one of the windows. She is described as looking very pale and sad with an energy of hopelessness. It is thought she died of tuberculosis at her young age.
Other Reported Activity: Apparitions and shadow figures both in the building and on the grounds; pale faces staring out of the windows; unexplained mists; disembodied voices; phantom footsteps; objects moving on the own; time slips; unexplained noises including loud bangs, laughter and crying; cold and warm spots; touches, tugs and pulls by unseen presences; phantom loud screams described as bloodcurdling from inside the building; light anomalies and feelings of being watched and not being wanted.