Reconstruction works have started at St. James Church in Brno and will take two years – Brno Daily

The St. James Church in the center of Brno, considered one of the most important historical buildings in the city, will undergo restoration work for almost two years. The late Gothic church will have its windows replaced, the roof repaired and, above all, the public will have access to the church tower with a view of the whole of Brno. Photo credit: svatyjakub.cz

Brno, March 5 (BD) – The opening ceremony of the renovation work on Tuesday March 2 took place in the presence of the Deputy Governor of South Moravia, Jan Zámečník. According to Jan Pacner, parish priest of St. James Parish, the repairs are needed, which is why repairs to the church actually began late last year.

“Certainly the most important task is to replace the 2,500 square meters of the roof’s great copper mantle, through which water leaks and rots the trusses,” Pacner explained. “These also need to be fixed. In addition, the stone elements of the facade are often in poor condition and can create a safety problem for pedestrians around the church. That’s why we need to secure and restore them.

The public can contribute to the cost of the reconstruction through the website otevreno.svatyjakub.cz and through electronic payment terminals inside the church. Photo credit: JMK

The reconstruction, which will cost almost CZ 130 million, involves stone elements and new windows, in addition to the roof and trusses. The main attraction after the modifications will be a viewpoint halfway up the church tower at a height of 42 meters, providing city visitors with a panoramic view of the center of Brno. The city administration and the parish believe this will make the church, which sits atop the second largest ossuary in Europe, an even bigger tourist attraction.

The new gazebo in the 96-meter tower of the church will be open to the public on the second floor, 42 meters above the ground. Photo credit: svatyjakub.cz

The church received European money for the investment, which will cover most of the costs. The city of Brno will also contribute CZK 10 million to the project. The reconstruction is expected to take two years, during which time restrictions are expected both inside the church and in its surroundings, which will affect the normal use of Jakubské náměstí for cultural and other events.

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“We may have to close the church for a while during the repair work. Traffic around the church will be maintained. We will have to take up space for scaffolding and equipment around the church, which will reduce some of the restaurant gardens. We will try to minimize restrictions,” Pacner added.

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