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!
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
roof balustrades are renewed and painted white, the roof of the tower is
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.
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.
Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 11:00 am, a special service for the 260th
anniversary will be celebrated.
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
Poland help with the restoration of the Holy Trinity Cathedral Liepāja
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.
2008 long-horn beetles were eliminated from the church interior and organ.
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).
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| BEFORE roof renovation, 2007|| AFTER roof renovation, 2014|
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|Cathedral foundation reinforcement, 2013 ||AFTER
foundation reinforcement, 2014 |
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.
2016 the technical project of the cathedral façade and tower renovation, as
well as the renovation of windows and stone parts was developed.
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.
You can support this project by making a donation!
Your donations will help to restore FAÇADE
DOORS AND WINDOWS
RAINWATER DRAINAGE SYSTEM