10/29/2014

Immortal love, the second part of Supernatural post

Brestovac was the first specialized sanatorium for lung diseases in this part of Europe. Except the hospital, sanatorium included a library, cinema and outhouses such as creamery, bakery and pig farm.

 
Construction of the sanatorium was indicated by a doctor, writer and a publicist Milivoj Dežman. The motive for initiation of construction was his enormous love for a local beauty and actress Ljerka Šram.


Ljerka and Milivoj knew each other from the early childhood since they were born and raised at the same neighbourhood. When Milivoj was sent to a noble convict they haven't seen each other for a quite a while. As years have gone by, Ljerka grew up to be a very beautiful young women. When he saw her performing in a play he was enchanted by her beauty. He than said to one of his friends: "This one or no one."


After that encounter, they used to see each other more often, but he was too afraid to confess her his feelings. When he moved to Wienna to study medicine he wrote to her every day. At first she replied regularly, but the letters stopped when Ljerka got involved with an officer Aleksandar Isaković. In 1897. Milivoj returned to Zagreb after finishing college and at one point they finally started a relationship. They never got married and people were slandering Milivoj because Ljerka had a son with another man. He never minded and took care of Saša like he was his own son.

When Ljerka got sick of tuberculosis, Milivoj  decided to do anything that was in his power to save her so he used all of his political and economical influence to open the sanatorium. Unfortunately, only four years after the opening of Brestovac, Ljerka has died in his hands.


During the Second World War the hospital served as sanctuary for solders and place where over 200 people were killed when opposite sides collated.
Finally in 1968. the hospital was closed and left abandoned.



After that, among people, Brestovac was often called a "ghost hospital" because of the many people who have died there (both patients and not). Of course, nobody can claim a thing like that ... Still, I cannot say that is a peachy and charming place to visit. I most definitely haven't felt very pleasant there and have no urge to visit it again any time soon. On the other side, I'm happy to have made this little research about the place and a lovely love story behind it. After all, no matter how valuable or not the certain building is, in the end, only people and their lives are those who become immortal through the memories and the love they shared on this world.

Pictures of Brestovac: me :)
Picture of Milivoj: source 
Picture of Ljerka: source

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  1. Ecco finalmente la sconda parte, la stavo aspettando :) sai, incute timore solo a vedere le foto..ma la storia che vinè dietro per me è molto bella e romantica, lui doveva amarla tantissimo. È stato interessante conoscerne le origini, le tue foto sono di grande effetto e perfette anche per il clima Halloweeniano! Un bacioncara :*

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    1. Grazie, cara Lilli! Sono molto felice che ti ha piaciuto il post! Si, la storia d'amore e' molto bella! Bacione cara!

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  2. Dear Ivana, thanks a lot for this interesting research and the stunning and beautiful pictures! Honestly I'm not surprised that some people believe this is a spooky place ... as I especially got this mood through the pictures :) At least many happens on this place and many people starved there ...

    Hope you both are well, you are in my thoughts <3

    Kisses from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

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    1. It realy is spooky place, Rena! :) Still, it has it's charm :)
      Thank you for your kind words and care! Kisses

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  3. i am speachless, and have a moment of awwww reading the Love story
    I cannt even imagine the deepth of his love for her that he made all this for her and treated her son as his own
    i so wish they had married at some point but i guess thats how life is
    One question , has anyone sensed some supernatural things there
    I remember you shared your loved for such old building and ghosty places before
    well ,i love to read all this and i would love if you continue with these series of posts
    keep in touch
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    1. Dear Pooja, I'm so happy you like this post ... it means a lot to me! I will most definitely try to continue with posts like this ... if only I have a bit more time! :)

      People who worked in Brestovac (some of them are still alive) did say that from time to time, they heard some strange noises and things like that ... but you know, we cannot be certain! :)

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  4. Ja sam se naježila. Predivna tužna priča i baš nekako zastrašujuće mesto. Divno si sve to pripremila <3

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    1. Hvala ti Tijanice! :) Osjećala sam se kao na faksu, da pišem seminarski ... samo na engleskom :) Drago mi je da ti se sviđa, potrudila sam se! :)

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  5. Brestovac!!! Ok, ne bi nikad pogodila, al drago mi je da je to mjesto. Pricu Ljerka-Milivoj nisam znala, bas je i lijepa i tuzna i jezovita u isto vrijeme.

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    1. Nitko ne bi! :) Ni sama nisam znala detalje oko priče i zato mi je bio veliki užitak saznati nešto više! Drago mi je da ti se sviđa! :)

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  6. Dear Ivana, thank your this intersting walk around this very beautiful place.If i watch the pictures, i can feel this very special mystic atmospere

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    1. I'm so glad you like it Cla! :)

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  7. Hvala ti na ovako divnom otkricu i cijeloj prici koja prati ove fotke, stvarno se uvijek i iznova inspiriram napustenim i misticnim mjestima kao ovo. Uvijek sam u potrazi za novim lokacijama za svoje photo shoot-eve i ova bi bila savrsena za neki buduci photo shoot :) !

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    1. Nama na čemu, draga Natali! Moja tajna želja bila "proći" sve hrvatske dvorce ( a ima ih preko 50), fotkati ih te vam ispričati priču o istima ... Možda jednog dana, ali život je predamnom pa tko zna :)
      Što se tiče Brestovca, stvarno jest genijalna lokacija za shooteve, ali me moj dragi (iz nekog razloga) odbio fotkati tamo :) Prije nekih godinu dana, eNVy room je tamo snimio kampanju i po meni su fotke ispale odlično iako su možda malo previše dorađene za moj ukus... ukoliko te zanima, možeš vidjeti djelić na ovom linku :
      http://www.gloria.hr/modastil/moda/envy-room-vjencanice-inspirirane-pravom-ljubavnom-pricom/

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  8. Woooow koja priča, koje mjesto, ja to želim vidjeti svojim očima :)) Sjajan post, totalno sam uživala :) i vjerujem da ti je bilo malo scary šetati tim prostorom, ne bi ni meni bilo svejedno, uvijek me te ghost stories pomalo plaše (a u isto vrijeme i privlače) :)

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  9. I like your style !you are so cute :)
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  10. Super lovely shots! I love old buildings and old photos. Well picked pics!;)

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  11. Jaoo obožavam da čitam ovakve priče, sjajan je post, mesto je predivno. Jako volim ovakva napuštena mesta baš su lepa za slikanje :)

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  12. What an amazing place, I want to go here...loved learning about it as well, so much sadness there. This was perfect, loved this post :))) Happy Halloween doll xx

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  13. odlično si to ispričala..baš me dirnula njihova priča...fotografije su predivne...

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  14. Hi there! Great post, I enjoyed reading!! BTW I've nominated you for the "Blogger Recognition Award". Being quite similar to the Liebster Award, I hope you enjoy doing it! Keep the wonderful posts comin'! =)

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  15. It was such a pleasure to read this post Ivana! You are a good story teller and i really loved learning more about the building and not only seeing pictures of it! I would definitely love to visit this place and just wander around for a while- abandoned places always fascinate me!

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Thank you for all your comments! They always make me smile! <3

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