Restoration of the exterior doors of the cathedral is ongoing
Currently, the restoration of all three windows over the main entrance
doors is completed. The restoration work of the door leafs continue in
Already before the start of the restoration,
through architectural research, which included probing and studying the paint
layers, it was discovered that the doors had been repainted and restored several
times over the centuries. To preserve the testimony of the past, it was decided
to preserve the exposures of the exposed historical colors. On the restored
door they will be seen as narrow lanes.
Due to unexpected work in the church tower area, the overall project timeframe,
including the restoration of the cathedral facade, has been delayed, but due to
favorable weather conditions and an increase in the contractor's workforce, the
ongoing work may continue.
As part of the door restoration work, the church's door leading to the
basement was also dismantled. Before the restoration, the door was inconspicuous
and tinned for many years. None of the people involved in the project knew what
was underneath this tin paneling and how the authentic doors looked like.
the methodology of door restoration, the contractor dismantled the old tin,
which resulted in the appearance of beautiful, old solid wood filler doors with
specially designed ventilation openings. The door has been affected and damaged
by the environment for decades, it is now being repaired and restored to regain
its authentic, beautiful appearance.
The restored doors is scheduled to be
re-introduced in the first half of next year.
The exterior doors of the cathedral are being renovated with the financial support of the Federal Republic of Germany and Baltische Baudenkmäler e.V.
Restoration works on the tower of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Liepaja
are almost completed
October 14, 2019
October 2019 marks a new entry in the history of the restoration of the
tower facade of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity of Liepaja. The renovation of
the façade of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Liepaja has taken place
since autumn 2018 and now the tower has a bright and festive color.
The renovation of the façade of the Cathedral of
the Holy Trinity of Liepaja is carried out within the framework of the
operational program for growth and employment of the European Union funds for
the programming period 2014-2020. Specific support objective 5.5.1
"Preservation, protection and development of the important cultural and
natural heritage as well as the development of related services" in the
framework of the cooperation project "Coastal heritage of Southern Kurland
through the centuries".
During the restoration of the church tower revealed
the need for additional unforeseen work, which required a reinforcement of the
tower. After removal of the damaged plaster of the tower, significant damage to
the tower structures was discovered. Repair works done on the tower play an
important role in maintaining the durability of the tower structures and
preventing the risk of collapse. Now all the work necessary to maintain the
substance has been completed - the damaged wall has been ed and further
2,000 kg flowing mortar injected, cracks in the tower wall eliminated, restored
metal structures, restored shutters and skylights, restored the 55 m high
observation deck, church cross restored and gilded and a lightning protection
system Installed. In April, a contract was signed with UPTK SIA for additional
work on the tower for 87,613 euros. The congregation will be required to pay
for tower reinforcement within two years of commissioning the facility.
The reinforcement of the church tower was
financially supported by the National Heritage Board, the City of
Liepaja and Vereingte Kurländische Stiftungen e.V. Another € 52,613 is required
to fully cover the costs of the fortified and restored tower. We kindly ask
business people and inhabitants of the city for their support and would like to
thank all donors who made donations this year (€ 7938 in total) and all those
who support the Cathedral in their thoughts, words and works and keep it in
The project "Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
Liepāja. Façade and tower renovation; Restoration of windows and sandstone
parts "runs until April 2020. The construction works are carried out by
the SIA" UPTK ", the construction supervision - by the SIA"
Akords U "and the author oversight - by the" Arhitektoniskās izpētes
The work of the Liepāja Holy Trinity Church
Renovation Fund is supported by the Municipality of Liepaja and the Latvian
Evangelical Lutheran Church.
You can find videos on the restoration of
the cathedral here and here
Restoration works completed in summer 2019
August 7, 2019
In July the gilding work of the cathedral tower cross and sphere was
completed - the tallest, highly visible part of the tower acquired a new glow.
The on-site work at a height of 55 m, in a specially constructed protective
film construction, took approximately two weeks and was carried out by
restorers Agnese Gulbe and Dagmāra Mišķe under the management of “Firma UPTK”. Before
that several weeks of preparation had been done - experimental areas were
created, the tower sphere and the cross were cleaned of layers, polished,
primed, painted with anti-corrosion paint and a thin layer of gold was applied
with fixed gold plates. A total 16.5 g of gold and 400 gold notes were used.
Restorer Agnese Gulbe admits that work at this altitude was the first time she
was exposed to the effects of both cold winds and hot sun. An important
condition for working at this height was physical fitness and not being afraid
of heights. The work of the restorer includes a wide range of works and the
collaboration with the restorers will continue with the next work - the
restoration of the dials of the church clock.
By now almost 60% of windows and shutters are restored and replaced.
Work on the window restoration in the organ room is done, and in
August the organ master will return mechanical organ parts dismantled during
repair as well as the restored organ record buttons.
In June, the painting of the facade
of the tower, renovation of metal structures (upper riveted iron part of the
tower, including roof, tower viewing platforms, cast iron balustrade, capitol
volts), dismantling of the existing tinplate, laying of new tinplate (elements
on the tower), exposed fixtures and restoration
Intense work took place in the church tower, which required additional
reinforcement of the tower. After removing of damaged plaster of the tower revealed
significant damage to the tower structures, which were not included in the
project cost, but which play a significant role in maintaining the durability
of the tower structures and preventing the risk of collapse. Liepaja St. The
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran congregation has agreed with the builder SIA Firma
UPTK to carry out the work on the deferred payment. The total cost of the
additional tower work is 87 663 EUR. One third of these costs will be covered
by the financial resources of the National Heritage Board (10 000 EUR) and
Liepaja City Municipality (20 000 EUR) granted through the project
competitions. To cover the remaining two-thirds of the unexpected costs, we
invite anyone who cares about the restoration of the cathedral to support these
works. Additional work done in the tower till August - rebuilding of eroded and
damaged masonry, injection of masonry.
In July drainage works and foundation plinth restoration were completed, as
well as most of the lightning drain installation work. The
church plinth, foundation and waterproofing works are very important because
the lack of waterproofing and the plinth's poor condition were the cause of the
water moving into the exterior walls of the house, adversely affecting the
stone details, plaster, entry portals and the entrance doors. In July the restoration of cornice strokes, the painting of the
facade, the elimination of structural cracks, the restoration of metal
structures and the cleaning of dial surfaces continued.
At the end of July the restoration of the exterior doors of the cathedral
was started, which will be done in cooperation with the “Baltische Baudenkmäler
e.V. ”. The building has five
restorable exterior doors with skylights, one repairable door. The works are supported by the Federal Republic of Germany,
represented by the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM).
It is planned to complete the door restoration in November.
The Liepaja St. Trinity Church Reconstruction Fund thanks everyone involved
in the renovation of the cathedral and everyone who supports it. Donations this year have been made mainly by church members and
longtime supporters of church restoration work. Support
has also been provided by the Finnish Jäger Traditions Society and the Finnish
Jäger Association. The Fund would also like to thank all
Liepaja residents who donate, contribute or otherwise support the cathedral's
A photo gallery about the process of restoration works can be found here
Renovation of the facade of the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Liepaja is being
implemented by Operational Program "Growth and Jobs" of the European
Union Funds for the 2014-2020 Programming Period within 5.5.1. specific
support objective “To preserve, protect and develop important cultural and
natural heritage, as well as to develop services related thereto” within the
cooperation project “South Kurzeme Coastal Heritage Through The Centuries”.
Construction work on Liepaja Holy Trinity
Cathedral is planned to complete in spring 2020, the total duration of the
project is 24 months. Liepaja Holy Trinity Cathedral facade restoration project
total budget is 1 176 471 euro, of which 1 million euro or 85% of the total
funding is covered by the European Regional Development Fund and 176 thousand
euro or 15% of the collected donations for church renovation. Additional work
costs for the tower structure strengthening and renovation - 87 663,31 EUR.
Renovation of the exterior doors of the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Liepaja
is supported by the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Beauftragte
der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM) and “Baltische Baudenkmäler e.V.
The restoration of the exterior doors of the cathedral will begin
The reconstruction of the church's front door will begin at the end of July 2019. The project will be financed with the support of the association “Baltische Baudenkmäler”. Liepāja Holy
Trinity Church Renovation Fund turned to the association in late 2017 with a request to support the restoration of the exterior doors. The building has five exterior doors with upper windows to restore and one door to repair (with a nailed tin).
In the spring of 2019, the association was pleased to hear that the project submitted to the German government had been supported and that the door restoration could start. The works will be financed by the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM) and the association “Baltische Baudenkmäler”.
The jobs are scheduled to start at the end of July and to be completed in November.
On 9 July 2019, Mr. Baron Michael von Grotthuss, chairman of the association “Baltische Baudenkmäler”, visited Liepaja. During the visit there was the
opportunity to meet the representatives of the German and Latvian communities
and Liepāja Holy Trinity Church Renovation Fund and to
discuss further cooperation for the successful implementation of the project as
well as to get acquainted with the implementation of the facade renovation
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).
| BEFORE roof renovation, 2007
| AFTER roof renovation, 2014
|Cathedral foundation reinforcement, 2013
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