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German Underground Hospital (Jersey)
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German Underground Hospital (Jersey)
I have visited Jersey three times now and on the last occasion as I was a lot older than my previous visits I decided that I wanted to visit the German Underground Hospital.
I have always been interested in history and had studied World War 1 and World War 2 at school so I found this of particular interest, however somewhat saddened me that I was actually going to visit a place that was occupied by the Germans, and was something that I had never done before.
The Underground Hospital is based is St Lawrence in Jersey and has now been restored into a similar state as it was back in the 1940's and re-opened as a museum. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Jersey. Jersey was occupied by the German's in 1940. The Hospital was built by the people of Jersey, and other European countries, where the Germans had moved them to make the Underground Tunnels. Initially it was built as an artillery repair facility and in 1944, it was turned into a hospital for casualties.
When you walk up to the tunnel, it does have an eerieness about it. It is open and you can see straight down the tunnel and at the entrance it has a big red cross above it. As you start to walk down the tunnel it does slope down and the further you start to go down, the colder it gets, whether that is because it is actualy cold I don't know or whether it is psychological relating to the place and what actually happened in there.
The museum is full of various different tunnels that all interlink into each other. IN majority of the places there originally wasn't nothing there and they have been turned into exhibitions relating the occupation of Jersey itself, however it does have certain rooms in which they have made to look exactly how they were back in the 1940's including rooms like the Operating Theatre. It also has secured what was part of a unfinished tunnel.
As you walk around, in a lot of the places they do play sound effects which is quite disturbing in its own right and I did get saddened by this.
The Tunnels also have a Garden that you can go into which is more settled and tranquil, but again it is sad to walk around as they have plaques of the names of the people that died as a consequence of the German invasion.
Its a worthwhile attraction to visit in Jersey and costs in and around the region of £10 to get in. The do have a cafe in there, however I did not go into this and they do have a souvenir shop as do all attractions.
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