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Croatian stone masonry school offers help in Notre-Dame restoration

Notre-Dame Cathedral burning this week (Photo credit: Wandrille de Preville/CC)

ZAGREB, April 19 (Hina) – The school of traditional stone masonry at Pucisca on the Croatian island of Brac has offered to help the French network of vocational schools “Les Compagnons du Devoir” in restoring the Notre-Dame Cathedral which was damaged in a fire on Monday night.

In honour of our decade-long cooperation with that association, we offered to help in restoring Notre-Dame, the Pucisca school’s principal, Tamar Plastic told Hina on Thursday.

The school has been teaching generations for 110 years and is one of the rare places in Europe where qualifications in hand carving stone can be obtained. It cooperates with numerous European associations, including the network of vocational schools that nurtures France’s architectural heritage.

Pucisca masters presume that France will need stonemasons for the restoration and we can provide them. Stonemasons who attend the Pucisca school have already proven themselves in the reconstruction of numerous buildings, including churches damaged during the Homeland War in the 1990s.

School of traditional stone masonry on Brač (Photo credit: Waefelu/CC)

The restoration of Notre-Dame will more than likely be a topic at a symposium of stonemasons that is being held in Pucisca from May 16 to 18, bringing together numerous experts and companies involved in stone excavation, processing and remodelling.

The Brac school’s uniqueness has been recognised by many foreign media, such as those from Japan, the United States, Germany and France. Philippe Cousteau, the grandson of famous ocean life explorer Jacques Cousteau, filmed an episode of the Xploration Awesome Planet series in 2014.

On the occasion of its 110 anniversary, the school was recently featured on the cover of “Stone ideas”, which presents architecture and design using natural stone.

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