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Ruinas Sanatorio Carlos Duran

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Address: A 7 km al norte de la ciudad de Cartago y a unos 18 kilometros al sureste del Volcan Irazu, a una altitud de poco mas de 2,335 msnm., Cartago, Costa Rica

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Great photo spot

Many interesting things to see and photograph. Went with a local who could provide insight on the history of the building. There was some rebuilding or construction taking place... read more

Reviewed February 24, 2017
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32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This amazing place is a tresure that needs investment and a comercial view to make it a must for this Province. Its an old and abandoned hospital where you can feel the strange energy in some of the rooms, was built in early 1928 with wood. Located in the way to Irazú volcano, has an excellent view of forest, caws... More 

Thank Paulina C
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50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sanatorio Duran is surrounded by goosebumps because it was a hospital for people who suffered tuberculosis disease and many of them died. One of the most known legends is The Nun with the glass of water seen by many people today. The average qualification is because they don't have historic information and pictures about how was the Sanatorium when it... More 

Thank SusanaJG
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2017 via mobile

It doesn't worth. You have to pay to see an ruined building, without any attractive or anything to do Absolutely a waste of time and money

Thank Esther R
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89 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2017 via mobile

Many interesting things to see and photograph. Went with a local who could provide insight on the history of the building. There was some rebuilding or construction taking place in some of the areas.

Thank SocioKathy
Lucknow, Canada
1 review
Reviewed February 15, 2017

We spent half a day there . So much to see and Great history -- you have to google it . too much to tell. You can get amazing photos there . Be careful and do not upset the gosts-- they wander the halls still.

Thank tomasandrew16
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

Interesting discovery of what is considered the most haunted place in Costa Rica. It didn't feel like a very touristic place but more a nice weekend activity for locals. Many stories and some history as well as pictures can be found online - which are worth going through before the visit. If in the area it worth a quick stop... More 

Thank Abiiir
Appling, Georgia
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92 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2016

Certainly imposing from a distance, and not an overly welcoming facility by any stretch of the imagination, but mysterious in a dreadful way if you have an active imagination.

Thank Frederic3030
Heredia, Costa Rica
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48 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 12, 2016

This is a really interesting place. It's sanatorium built in 1918 for tuberculosis, closed in the 1950's, served as a jail, then was abandoned and covered with graffiti, and also the site of a famous scary movies, the 2010 El Sanatorio. It's a popular place for locals, who enjoy picnicking on the grounds. A fascinating insight into the treatment of... More 

Thank jannelupita
Costa Rica
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124 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

This was a Hospital build around 1920, specialized for tuberculosis treatment, it's a shame that this amazing building was abandoned, the ruins are amazing, there's lots of ghost stories I visited twice and never had a ghost encounter, but I really recommend the place, has an amazing views and you will have the chance of taking amazing pictures! Enjoy!

Thank David P
San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2016

This place can be interesting for curious individuals and people that enjoys historical places. It's not an appropriate place to take kids or nervous people

Thank Laura S

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