The haunted house of Sint-Anna-ter Muiden (Sluis) as it is called, was built by Marguerite Van Loo, who was married to Baron Leon Cox. They gave it the French name “ La Pommeraie”, most likely due to the apple orchard around the house. But the honourable family didn't live there for long. The new residents were French: Les Soeurs de la Providence de Rouen (the Sisters of Providence). They were exiled to Bruges in 1907 and bought the building in Sluis five years later. In 1934 it was purchased by the Congregation of the Sisters of the childhood of Mary, who used it as a school. It has always been a school and a home for sisters but during the 2nd WW they had to move as it was to be used as a red cross hospital. At the end of 1946 the sisters returned and opened up the school again. But also the public services used the main building at that time till 1950. The building remained a school till 1987 when the sisters moved to another village not far from Bruges. Ever since the building has been empty, and started to go in ruin. Which is a shame, because it must have been a wonderful building in its days. Now it stands there partially hidden between trees, shrubs and bushes, with a ditch and fence around it.
Now for the fun part!!
Ever since it's been empty it has a history of black magic witchcraft and satanic rituals having been held in there. Also there is talk of ghosts roaming around. Certain groups of "ghost hunters" believe that many cruel things have gone on in the cellars during all those years as a convent and school, and after. But who will know the truth???? Whatever may be, I love the creepy stories I’ve read about it :-), just a pity they are all in Dutch, otherwise I would have added a few links.
The only thing I know is that I love the place (if only I had the money :-( ), even though it looks really bad, and you've got to watch your step in there! First time we went in my foot suddenly went through the floor (or was it a ghost pulling me down?), and the second time we went there, one of my wife's feet went through the floor also :-) and also big parts of the sealing are falling down.
I've done a few ruined buildings like these before, but i must admit, this one gave me the creeps at a certain moment (even without knowing its history at the time).
Especially as suddenly something very weird happened to my wife. And as i didn't know what was going on, i took some shots instead of doing something. She's sort of okay now, but she has been acting very weird since then ........ mwoeahahaha
Anybody interested in spending a spooky night there with me?? :-)))
Wow, some of the best pics I've seen so far. Very interesting story. I love the ghost stories. That's some crazy music to go with it!!! Are you and your wife ghost hunters? :)))) LOL.
????? · 2009-07-24: 21:26
Great set Peter. I half expected to see a spooky face peaking through one of the windows:) I don't think I would spend the night here.
I love #6 with the spiral staircase. Great place.
Very interesting story and fantastic set, bravo Peter!
????? · 2009-07-25: 06:21
This is set is terrifying!!!
And today my post is titled Scared? Now the answer is YES!
You've taken some photos so frightening! And the story... wow!
Why old scare stories surround the great abandoned buildings?
Btw, if you believe in ghosts, I have a method to see if they are there.
????? · 2009-07-25: 07:11
Ha ha! I like spending a nights in my own house!
Amazing climate of this place. Very nice pictures.
And so interesting description!
Oh something is pulling me towards your picture, is it the ghost? Why do you scare me with all these stories, I am actually afraid of them and every night I feel somebody is pulling my leg and what not....hope your wife would come back to normal soon ;)
Wow, amazing post, Peter, with fantastic sepia tones....very scary mood you've set!! Don't think I'd like to go in there....have to give you (and your wife) credit for braving it!! Would have been sooo cool if you'd have captured a ghost in a photo ;)))
I love those stories, too and your pictures illustrate perfectly a haunted place. They are really great and ...creepy! Sometimes it's not necessary to be in such a place for having strange manifestations. I live near a house with this fame (my post (14.11.08 - haunted), but nobody enters there.
Wonderful set Peter. You've really captured the mood of the place. I love the tones you've achieved. You seem to have a full range so that within each picture there are strong areas of light and dark, and it really works! I saved #15 as a favourite because it looks so sinister; I could picture that as part of a horror movie with the ivy growing up the wall and then shooting along the lines of the ceiling to get you.