19th-century glass panels restored in Latvian church

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The Ķempji church in Līgatne, central Latvia, has had its glass panels restored, reported LTV April 2.

The panels bearing the coats of arms of the Volfs and Mellins families had been crumbling for some time, with the lowermost part of the panels lost completely.

"There were very few photos showing the lowermost part of the panel that would help us understand what to do with it exactly. And then I started leafing through an album of my grandfather's, and it turned out that a photo of his initiation was the most useful and after which the drawing was made," said Ilze Kūle, who leads the restoration projects of the churc. 

"Locals helped us too. They restored the frames of the panels. These have been all made anew, therefore there are serious, oak-made frames here," said Gints Kažemaks, a clergyman at the Ķempji Lutheran church. 

The panels were restored by one Aigars Roziņš, who worked in the 1882-built church. 

Kūle said that this is one of the very few churches with family coats of arms worked into them. 

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