A puzzle of centuries-old limestone

A puzzle of centuries-old limestone

The perpetual imperial diet of the holy roman empire of the german nation met for centuries in regensburg. In the town hall, the emperor conferred with the electors, princes and envoys. The meeting hall formed the power center of the empire. The reichssaal can be seen from the outside through a magnificent gothic bay window, whose filigree stonemasonry is world-famous.

In november 2018, one of the four decorative pillars (pinnacles) broke off due to weather conditions and fell down to the pavement. In the process the store broke into dozens of pieces. The twin pinnacles that adorn the oriel on the left and right are about two meters high. Instead of four, the oriel of the reichssaal currently has only three of these ornamental towers made of kehlheim limestone.

First security work

The city of regensburg then drew up a restoration concept in collaboration with a statics office and the stone restorer clemens muth from unterneuses. Based on this concept, the work was awarded to clemens muth. Before christmas, he and his son lucius secured the three other remaining branches, which were also in danger of falling down. "If there are cracks in the stone, a gust of wind or the flapping of a pigeon is enough to knock over a pinnacle", says clemens muth. But a rusting dome or freezing rainwater could also blow parts off.

"A box full of trummer"

In april, clemens and lucian muth began the actual renovation of the fallen and heavily weathered pinnacle, bringing with them "a box full of trummer" to unterneuses and made first of all an inventory of the broken ornamental oar. First they put the rough limestone blocks on the workbench and then added the smaller ones like a three-dimensional puzzle. "The iron parts have to be removed," says, explains the restorer, only then could he join the parts together with a stone garnish mortar. "After that, you won't see much of the damage – now, of course, it looks terrible", he continues.

Securing all four branches

The three other pinnacles of the rathauserker are also being restored by muth. They are to be secured with clamps so that passers-by are not endangered. "The problematic", says muth "are the ends of the dubels, because they are exposed to vibrations – in the wind or when a bird sits on them."

In a few months, the pinnacles should once again visibly adorn the bay window. Clemens muth does not want to put the restoration on the back burner, as he says in allusion to a standing proverb. Their origin probably lies in the everlasting reichstag: "long bench" is what were the seats on which the delegates had to wait somewhat apart from the decision-making process. The files that were brought along were stowed in these chests so that they could be taken out later and brought to a decision. Sometimes the process took so long that the files were forgotten.

The perpetual reichstag in regensburg

Name the everlasting reichstag was the designation for the stand representation in the holy roman empire from 1663 to 1806. He met in regensburg.

History while the reichstag had previously met at irregular intervals in various cities, from 1594 it was held only in the reichssaal of the regensburg town hall and finally ceased to be dissolved in 1663, after which it was known as the perpetual reichstag.

Dissolution the last session of the perpetual reichstag took place in march 1803 with the adoption of the reichsdeputationshauptschluss, which ordered the reorganization of the empire until the dissolution of the empire took place in 1806. Wikipedia