This is the asylum where Van Gogh sought treatment before his visit to the last doctor he befriended. He checked himself in after cutting off his year and it was during his year long stay that he was most prolific. It was a tortuous time. He suffered seizures and tried to commit suicide by eating paint and oil from the lamps. This contributed to the belief that he successfully killed himself later. I want to to subscribe to the theory that a neighbouring young boy accidentally shot him and Van Gogh, for unknown reasons, never revealed the truth.
It is a very, very peaceful place which still treats psychiatric patients whose art is on display and for sale. Throughout the site are reproductions of the artist's work in the approximate areas where he observed the scene he was painting. A touching recreation of Van Gogh's actual room may be toured. I really liked the place - the gardens, the serenity and the views. It gives a visitor an accurate picture of how the mentally ill were treated and the strides that have since been made. It is definitely worth a stop.
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