Medieval Valmiera Castle ruins to rise again

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This summer Valmiera castle ruins are surrounded by construction noises. The restoration of historic walls, as well as the oldest pharmacy in the Baltic have started here, Vidzeme Television reported August 13 .

The builders have almost completed studying the composition of the historical wall java that is intended to secure the walls. Afterwards, a new cultural center will be created in the north-west part of the castle.

Builders are now dismantling structures in the north-west part of the castle built in the 1990s, because they are not in line with the cultural and historical value of the castle.

“Archaeological research concludes that all fragments of the wall have to be dismantled up to that line, there are bricks that are low quality, most are designed for indoors, they have to be removed,,” said Raimonds Kuncevics, board member of Ltd R.K.C.F. Renesance.

The historical walls are planned to restore using authentic material.Therefore, in cooperation with Riga Technical University, a thorough analysis of the ancient wall has been carried out.

At the same time, the restoration of the old pharmacy building is also ongoing. It was built in 1735 and has been repaired several times over the years. Several layers of construction materials are covered above each other. All of them must be dismantled now.

Once the renovation of the old buildings and the preservation of the walls of the north-west part of the castle have been carried out, the construction of the cultural center will begin here.

“The new function comes with the center , with the museum, with the whole space, it will give life to everything, make the ruins accessible, and in this way they will also be saved effectively for future generations,” explained architect Arturs Lapins.

Builders should finish their jobs in Valmiera's castle ruins by the fall of next year.

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