The southern façade of the castle from November 2014 was hidden behind a thicket of scaffolding. Painstaking conservation works were carried out on brick threads, limestone joints, recesses and window joinery of the façade and renovation of the roof.
The bricks of the southern façade required cleaning and strengthening of the structure. Limestone welds were also preserved – weakened ones were strengthened and damaged ones were replenished. The entrance to the castle and the window joinery of the southern wing of the castle were also subjected to conservation. The renovation also included both corner turrets.
Structural repairs and reinforcements required roof truss. The roof covering has been removed. All tiles were washed and inspected, and then selected. Those in the best condition returned to the castle roof. The others, not suitable for reuse, were replaced with a new ceramic tile made to order (the new one faithfully reflects the shape and color of the original). The renovation of the roof of the southern wing was completed at the turn of April and May this year. Not only was the truss structure secured and strengthened, but nearly half of the old tiles were used again, which allowed to preserve the colors of the roofing material. The effect exceeded all expectations.
All the works carried out give a spectacular effect. The castle is more beautiful and encourages to visit. Corner turrets with restored finishes among greenery tower over the city. The satisfaction is all the greater because the work does not end there. The renovation of the façade moves to the east and west wings of the castle. Also in the interiors, very advanced works on installations (plumbing, electrical, lightning protection, central heating) are underway. On the other hand, on the cloister, conservation and restoration works are underway with polychromes unique on a European scale.
The current renovation and conservation works are possible thanks to the project "Conservation and restoration of the fourteenth-century castle in Lidzbark Warmiński – pearls of Gothic architecture in Poland – ii stage", implemented with the support of Norwegian funds, EEA funds from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the local government of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship.
Report of Olsztyn Television
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