One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

In the late 19th century a physician dr. Karel Bleiweis argued for a specialized psychiatric hospital in Ljubljana, Slovenia. A ‘Narrenhaus‘, a ‘lunatic asylum’.

As the general attitude to the ‘crazies’ and ‘lunatics’ improved, and with emerging push for the more humane and institutionalized psychiatric care, the efforts of dr. Bleiweis payed off: an ex Auersperg estate in Studenec (Polje district, Ljubljana), outside the city proper was acquired, and the first dedicated psychiatric hospital – Carniolan Provincial Lunatic Asylum Studenec.

The complex grew (as the people went crazier and crazier), evolving over the years and – after the World War II – becoming a top noch psychiatric hospital.

Today University Psychiatric Clinic Studenec remains the largest and most advanced psychiatric hospital in Slovenia, located in a nice, serene park between the Ljubljana Ring Highway and river Ljubljanica.

All kite aerial photos made with Canon A810 on a Rokkaku kite, with young Viktor as a co-pilot.

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