Today, September 26 2019, we had the pleasure to organize the official visit on the worksite of the Franciscan Monastery in Gherla under the broader frame of the „Rehabilitation of the Franciscan Monastery’s Church and Cloister For Its Introduction In the Cultural Touristic Circuit”. The event was open to the public thanks to KÉSZ Romania, as a general contractor of the project, in co-operation with Moebius Engineering & Design as structural engineering partner and the Roman-Catholic Parish from Gherla, as the Beneficiary.
As a typical example of the baroque architecture of the 18 th century from Transylvania, the project aims to bring the historical monument close to its initial state and to create optimal spaces for cultural tourism.
„It is a truly complex work from the engineering perspective, starting from structural consolidation to architectural restorations, valuable artistic elements and all kind of building installations, that are now designed with modern solutions that must naturally integrate with a historical building of 250 years, and to have as a result a unified image, able to meet 21st century’s expectations.” – declares eng. Kis Alpár – General Manager, Moebius Engineering & Design.
The official tour for the press and the public was scheduled in several rounds, all day long. The visit also included a short security and safety training, a historical briefing and the presentation of the rehabilitation project, followed by the actual sightseeing. In relation to the uniqueness of such a visit, Mr. eng. Kis Alpár adds further: “The visit is unique because one gets to see unique restoration works, in various execution phases, from finished works to actual consolidation works in areas where no one has stepped for 250 years, and not only a finished product.”
The general contractor representative – KÉSZ Romania, eng. Sárosi Béla – Sales Director declares: “The rehabilitation works of the Franciscan Monastery Church and Cloister are quite a challenge for our team, because most of our works are NEW buildings. Here, we must approach with consideration the history of this Transylvanian monument and to respect the specificity of each element. At the moment, it is one of the most complex restoration project in Transylvania region and we considered it is of great importance to share this with our community.”
“The local Roman-Catholic community from Gherla was expecting since long time ago this rehabilitation of the Franciscan Monastery. We are glad about the visible progress of the works and it is a unique opportunity for all those curious to see the church and the cloister in this phase. We hope they will further support us to promote the spiritual and historical values of this special place.” – shares with us Parish Priest Attila Küsmődi – Gherla Roman-Catholic Parish.
Deployed under the frame of the Regional Operational Program 2014–2020, Priority as nr 5, Investment priority 5.1. Conservation, protection, promotion and development of the natural and cultural heritage, co-financed via the Regional European Development Fund and the State Public Budget, the „Rehabilitation of the Franciscan Monastery’s Church and Cloister for its Introduction in The Touristic Circuit ” project proposes the rehabilitation of the historical monument from Cluj county identified with the following code: CJ-II-a-B-07641.
Even if it is a high complexity project, the restoration progresses at increasing speed, and according to the engineers the official public inauguration is scheduled for autumn 2020 when all the technical aspects should be ready and fully operational.