Part of Zagreb Cathedral Spire May Require Destruction After Damage

Lauren Simmonds

According to initial estimates, the recent Zagreb earthquake also caused damage to the north spire of the iconic Zagreb cathedral (tower).

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 29th of March, 2020, the extent to which the Zagreb cathedral was actually damaged during the earthquake that struck the capital seven days ago is still very much unknown, according to a report from Jutarnji list on Sunday.

Numerous statists and architects, who have worked so far to renovate the Zagreb cathedral, are still working on completely determining the state of its post-earthquake condition. According to some unofficial information, the situation with the southern spire, from which the cross fell, is far from ideal, and whether or not part of that structure will have to be removed entirely due to damage should be made clear very soon.

According to architect Damir Foretic, who spoke to Jutarnji list and who has been working on the reconstruction of the Zagreb cathedral since back in 1990, all of the damage caused by the earthquake is currently being checked over.

“We’ll probably have a final report by Tuesday that we’ll then send to the Cathedral Restoration Committee. Only then will we inform the media,” Foretic said

When asked if the cathedral was badly damaged, he said that he wasn’t in a position to say that yet. “But just look at the condition of the surrounding buildings,” Foretic replied.

According to the aforementioned publication, experts still managed to climb up to the place where it was easiest to assess the damage, and according to initial estimates, the damage was to the north tower.

Initial observations showed a displacement of almost five centimetres. Because of all this, experts warn that places around the Zagreb cathedral should be avoided by people. The stained glass windows have also been significantly damaged and now need to be removed in order not to increase the damage, Jutarnji list reports.

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