The Hungarian government has commissioned a structural survey of the subsidence of a late Baroque cathedral in Subotica (Szabadka), in northern Serbia, providing 79 million forints (EUR 237,000) for the project, the state secretary of the innovation and technology ministry said on Wednesday.
Built on swampy ground in the late 18th century, the Cathedral of St. Theresa of Avila has been gradually subsiding, causing its two towers to start cleaving apart, Tamas Schanda told a press conference.
Engineers have made several attempts over the past years to solidify its foundations, but to no avail, he said.
The ministry has construction quality control company Építésügyi Minőségellenörző Innovációs Nonprofit to carry out the assessment. Its experts are scheduled to complete the survey within three months and prepare technical plans for the structure’s complete reconstruction “using 21st-century technology”, Schanda said.