Tichilesti Hospital, Romania
Tichilesti Hospital (often referred to as Tichilesti) was established in 1926, when the Romanian Government decided to assume the treatment of people who had leprosy, who had formerly been cared for in monasteries. When the hospital opened, people in a hospital for the treatment of leprosy in Bessarabia (now the country of Moldova), petitioned and were granted their request to move to Tichilesti because they faced hostility from the local community.
The two churches at Tichilesti are unique, as they have been continuously used as places of worship--even during the communist era when all hospital churches, except for the ones in Tichilesti were closed.
Today, Tichilesti is still home to 19 residents who have had leprosy and are now cured, one of whom has lived there 71 years.
painting of Tichilesti by Gheorghe Simion, resident, 2007