Explore The Chilling Remains Of Berlin's Abandoned School Of Anatomy

Many abandoned buildings take on a slightly creepy aspect just because of their decay. But then there are places that are not only abandoned, but also house tables once used for dissections and chambers that once stored dead bodies, like Freie Universität Berlin's former Institute of Anatomy.

Top image by Jan-Christian Bommes, CC BY 2.0.

The Institute of Anatomy opened in the American sector of Berlin in 1949, and this facility closed in 2005 after the Freie Universität and Humboldt-Universität's medical faculties merged and the institute was relocated to Mitte. Much of the Institute of Anatomy looks like, well, a school, and a badly vandalized school at that — graffiti-filled lecture halls, hall cabinets with the glass smashed in. But downstairs, you can see hints of the school's area of expertise — tables and floors with big drains in them, old laboratory fume hoods, and tons of cadaver cabinets.

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You can see more photos (including the cadaver storage) at Jan-Christian Bommes' blog Arcanum and at Abandoned Berlin. And, if you want to get a sense of what it's like to actually explore the building (with a little mood music), check out the video below, posted by YouTube user sanatorioagra:

Photo by Jan-Christian Bommes, CC BY 2.0.

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Photo by Jan-Christian Bommes, CC BY 2.0.

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Photo by Jan-Christian Bommes, CC BY 2.0.

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