ZAGREB, 29 May 2020 – Two weeks ago, a cross was placed on top of the damaged north spire of Zagreb Cathedral. Today another cross was placed on the south spire.
The south spire of Zagreb Cathedral was knocked during the March 22 earthquake, and a few weeks later the north spire was removed in a controlled explosion as it was deemed to be unsafe.
Today, both spires have crosses placed on top of them. Each cross weighs over a tonne each and they mark a new phase of the restoration on the cathedral.
The crosses, which are 8 metres high with the base and were made in the Zagreb suburb of Stenjevec, are temporary and will eventually be replaced with spires. As they are only temporary, they have been spray-painted gold.
The new chapter of restoration might last for years or even decades.
“First we have to diagnose the state of it and then we will make the plans,” Monsignor Ivan Hren, who has been leading the renovation of the Cathedral for a number of years, said.
Monsignor Hren is hoping that Zagreb’s trademark cathedral, frequented by believers and tourists might open to the public by Statehood Day tomorrow.