European experts help fire-damaged Riga Castle

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Ongoing reconstruction efforts are proceeding on schedule, almost a year since an accidental blaze destroyed the roof of the Riga Castle on the night of June 20, 2013. 

Parts of the historic architectural monument, which houses both the Chancellery and official residence of the President of Latvia as well as various museum collections, were heavily damaged by water used to douse the fire, which had broken out overnight during scheduled renovation works after builders had left the premises. The soaked constructions are now being dried out and disinfected with the help of Europe’s best specialists from Germany, says construction company „SBRE”.

A team of altogether over 200 specialists from Germany’s „Otto Richter Gmbh – Die Feuchteklinik” are working both at the Riga Castle and other sites throughout Latvia to restore both the building itself and various objects essential to its ceremonial and cultural significance. Considered to be a prime challenge facing renovation efforts, the drying and disinfection work has already been completed on the main stairwell and front steps, the Hall of the Coats of Arms, the Blue Foyer and White Hall.

While much of the renovation and restoration work is continuing at various workshops throughout Latvia, the hiring of experts for subsequent phases of the project must now await the completion of the drying and disinfection job.  The reconstruction of Riga Castle is planned to be finished by November 1, 2015.

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