Cathedral Dandruff and Bridge Update, August and September 2015

A couple weeks ago, a story appeared in the local newspaper to explain what was up with the construction equipment blocking pedestrian access to St. Peter’s Cathedral at the heart of downtown Regensburg.

Turns out they discovered hairline cracks in the masonry rather high up. The cathedral is one of the biggest draws to the town, and an iconic symbol of Regensburg. There’s no way they could block off access to the area — not with the hordes of river cruise and bus tourists from around the world. But they also could not afford to risk a piece of masonry falling on anyone. Result: a pedestrian shield set up around the falling rock stone zone.

Regarding the bridge work: there’s nothing new to report, at least as far as we laypeople can see. The south end (the city side) is still closed off, and the auxiliary bridge is still up on the north end (Stadtamhof side). I can’t fathom why they left the auxiliary bridge up still on this end. Its purpose has been served. Its ugliness is universally accepted. Tear it down! I like standing at the north end of Stadtamhof and looking all the way down the street, across the bridge, and over to the Dom spires. But it still feels weird for bike traffic to come zooming down the main bridge again onto “our” street after 5 years of that not being an option.

After a long, hot, dry summer, we finally got a few hours of rain at the end of August.

Foreboding Clouds (Landscape)

Foreboding Clouds (Portrait)

Superfluous Auxiliary Bridge

6 thoughts on “Cathedral Dandruff and Bridge Update, August and September 2015”

  1. Cristi

    Hello Cliff,

    Next week I will be in Roding and I would like to spend one evening in Regensburg. For me Tuesday or Wednesday would work. Maybe you can present the new bridge and help me with a small tour of the old city if possible.
    I miss Regensburg ….


    1. cliff1976

      Bad luck again, Cristi! I sent you an email with the details.

  2. shoreacres

    Those photos with the storm clouds are glorious. The cathedral’s lovely, too — despite those new “flying buttresses.” Is it going to be an easy repair to the stone, or are we looking at another bridge-style time line? :)

    1. cliff1976

      Well, the cathedral took hundreds of yesrs to complete and has also been in constant restoration for at least the last 11 years, so…it could take a while. OTOH, when Benedict XVI came “home” for a visit in 2006 (?), the visible restoration works were completed in a hurry or at least neatly suspended for a while.

  3. Tammy

    Wow!! crazy what is happening at the Dom!

  4. Mom

    Gorgeous stormy skies!

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