Out of 13 billion HUF (39 million EUR), the biggest church of Hungary is going to be fully renovated. The urgent reconstruction works already started, but the Basilica will get its brand-new look in four years.
According to turizmus.com, reconstruction works include the full renovation of the Basilica’s north aisle and an establishment of an elevator for disabled people to reach the treasury and the panorama level of the building.
The renovation of the main entrance and its environment starts this year including the porticus, stairs and the tympanum over the entrance. These reconstruction works must be done by 2020 as the Basilica gives place for the International Eucharistic Conference.
At the end of 2019, the reconstruction of the roof and the more than ten-metre-high indoor rooms start. In the last section, smaller works will be done inside the building and smaller restorations on its relics. The Basilica’s reconstruction is estimated to be completed by 2022. During the construction works, the Basilica remains open to the public.
The renovation of the building became inevitable in 2016 when the dome’s ornaments started to fall off, and it became dangerous to stand below them. Also, experts examined every wall carefully to determine how critical their condition was. Pictures and several examinations stated that the walls and the dome must be renovated as soon as possible because several structural elements could fall down any time.
Architects also had to install a special protector-net under the dome to prevent accidents. This net is 100% safe and reliable.
The Basilica of Esztergom was renovated after World War II and during the 1970s. In 1993, the whole roof structure was replaced. Three years ago, the government provided 1,6 billion HUF (5 million EUR) for the renovation of the building, but it turned out not to be enough. In 2018, experts made the full reconstruction plan for the Basilica and estimated a price of 13 billion HUF (39 million EUR) which would be enough for every necessary and urgent construction work.
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