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Restoration work on the facade of the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Liepāja

23. November 2018

The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Liepāja celebrates its 260th birthday on 5th December. We are pleased that the renewal of the facade of the church has started this year!

In the first half of the year, the scaffolding was built around the western side of the building to the north and south entrance, also around the tower to the top of the tower. The damaged plaster of the facade is removed in this part of the building and you can see old yellow bricks, which hide under the plaster in the lower part of the cathedral, and red bricks, which form the upper part of the tower. The top of the tower has already got the sand color that will later cover the entire facade.

The roof balustrades are renewed and painted white, the roof of the tower is renovated. The contractors and architects are still working on the best restoration method of sandstone details, and prepare restoration program for external metal windows and work on renewing the interior windows.

The project manager of the company "UPTK" Mr. Mārtiņš Lilienfelds says that the plaster has unfortunately covered many defects and it is clear that the scope of construction is bigger than it was planned from the beginning. In some places, the metal parts break in fingers, and the bricks have become loose. On the other hand, there are details that are well preserved through the centuries and will stay for next generations. Currently about 10% of the total amount of construction work is completed.

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 11:00 am, a special service for the 260th anniversary will be celebrated.

‍The foundation for the renewal of the Holy Trinity Church Liepaja invites everyone to to support the renewal of the facade with a donation so that all planned and unplanned building measures can be carried out.

“May the beauty of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us” (Psalm 90:17)

‍A photo gallery about the process of restoration works can be found here

‍Restorers from Poland help with the restoration of the Holy Trinity Cathedral Liepāja


Restoration work of the church started in early summer 2018 with the installation of scaffolding construction around the tower and part of the southern façade of the cathedral. Then restorers could start their work and identify damages and find best solutions to fix them.  

One of the companies involved in the renovation of the cathedral is the company "Bartłomiej Kubiak Konserwacja Zabytków" from Poland, which mainly deals with the restoration of stone parts and plaster.  Thanks to their work, the facade of the cathedral will regain its former beauty. The company acts as a subcontractor of the project general contractor SIA "UPTK".

The company "Bartłomiej Kubiak Konserwacja Zabytków" already has a lot of experience working in Latvia. The Museum of Art "Rīgas Birža" has been restored with their help, they worked in the Residence of the President in the Riga Castle. In 2017 the company worked at the restoration of the historical facade of the Liepaja Music School.


Restoration Work of the Cathedral

-          In 2008 long-horn beetles were eliminated from the church interior and organ.

-          Technical projects have been worked out and the work on the roof renovation and cathedral foundation reinforcement has been implemented 2012 - 2014. The project has been financed by donations of natural and juridical persons from Latvia, Germany and the United States of America and partly from the European Regional Development Fund (total investment of EUR 615,939).
 Jumta segums, 2007.gads PIRMS RENOVĀCIJAS 
 BEFORE roof renovation, 2007
 AFTER roof renovation, 2014
Injekcijas pāļu urbšana ap kolonām 2013.gads
Nostiprinātie pamati un ieklātā junā ķieģeļu grīda 2014.gada pavasarī
Cathedral foundation reinforcement, 2013
AFTER foundation reinforcement, 2014

-          Money for gradual organ renovation was raised from national and municipal procurements and donations in Latvia and abroad year by year. Step by step regluing of bellows was performed, the electromotor was replaced, the console and Berker lever were renovated and work on the organ mechanics arrangement has been started. However, to complete the organ restoration, two more millions euro are necessary.

-          In 2016 the technical project of the cathedral façade and tower renovation, as well as the renovation of windows and stone parts was developed.

-          2018 a project “Renovation of the façade of tower and building, renovation of windows, doors and stone parts” has started. Total duration of the project is 2018-2020, total costs EUR 1 176 470.59 with one million co-financing from ERDF. The rest of money will make contributions from local and international entrepreneurs and natural persons. So far a little bit more than 100 thousand EUR are needed.

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