Brač School of Stone Masonry Offers Help in Notre Dame Restoration

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ZAGREB, April 18, 2019 – The school of traditional stone masonry at Pučišća on the Croatian island of Brač has offered to help the French network of vocational schools “Les Compagnons du Devoir” in restoring the Notre Dame Cathedral which was damaged in a fire on Monday night.

In honour of our decade-long cooperation with that association, we offered to help in restoring Notre Dame, the Pučišća school’s principal, Tamar Plastić told Hina on Thursday.

The school has been teaching generations for 110 years and is one of the rare places in Europe where qualifications in hand carving stone can be obtained. It cooperates with numerous European associations, including the network of vocational schools that nurtures France’s architectural heritage.

Pučišća masters presume that France will need stonemasons for the restoration and we can provide them. Stonemasons who attend the Pučišća school have already proven themselves in the reconstruction of numerous buildings, including churches damaged during the Homeland War in the 1990s.

The restoration of Notre Dame will more than likely be a topic at a symposium of stonemasons that is being held in Pučišća from May 16 to 18, bringing together numerous experts and companies involved in stone excavation, processing and remodelling.

The Brač school’s uniqueness has been recognised by many foreign media, such as those from Japan, the United States, Germany and France. Philippe Cousteau, the grandson of famous ocean life explorer Jacques Cousteau, filmed an episode of the Xploration Awesome Planet series in 2014.

On the occasion of its 110th anniversary, the school was recently featured on the cover of “Stone ideas”, which presents architecture and design using natural stone.

More Brač news can be found in the Lifestyle section.


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