Castle Chapel of St Martin, St Erhard and St Ursula, Cheb, Czech Republic

 Cheb Castle, which still retains some of its original Romanesque palatinate features, is regarded as a unique historic monument in the territory of the Czech Republic. Among its best preserved areas is the two-storey Chapel of St Martin, St Erhard and St Ursula, which was the subject of restoration work carried out by specialist staff from the GEMA ART GROUP a.s.
The work had been preceded by numerous extensive expert surveys and included renovation of both the exterior and the interior of the monument. The project was divided into three stages. Stage one commenced in the year 2000 and involved mainly treatment of the exterior masonry. The main task of stage two was to secure the stability of the building and carry out restoration work in the upper chapel. The final third stage centred on the lower chapel, where the workers encountered problems caused by ubiquitous dampness, which had damaged the plastering and especially the old grouting and pointing.
Due to the historic significance of the building all the working methods were selected with the utmost care, with the aim to sensitively restore the building's Romanesque appearance and minimize the impact of modern alterations. All work was carried out by restorers who hold a current Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic licence, after consultations with the staff of the National Heritage Institute, and in accordance with the current Act on State Conservation of Monuments.

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The Church of Holy Trinity and the monastery, Slaný, Czech Republic

The monastery and the adjacent church have been administered by the Order of Discalced Carmelites since the mid 1990s and the listed historic complex has been gradually reconstructed. In the years 2001 and 2003 the company GEMA ART GROUP a.s. participated in the rescue in this important monument of the town of Slané and its surroundings. During the work the restorers uncovered a wall painting dating to the end of the 17th century in the monastery's refectory, which also underwent renovation. All work was completed by August 2003.

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Nostic Palace, Prague - Malá Strana, Czech Republic

 A complete reconstruction of the Nostic Palace in Prague took place between the years 1998 and 2003. Its chief aim was to restore the original spatial concept of the palace whilst preserving all original elements, to modernize the facilities within the palace and to reconstruct its damaged parts. GEMA ART GROUP a.s. participated in the project as a subcontractor for exterior restoration work, including the façade. The main task of the façade restoration was the re-creation of the original Early Baroque colour palette from the second half of the 17th century. All work was carried out by restorers in possession of a valid Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic licence and in accordance with the stipulations of the Act 20/1987 Coll., on State Conservation of Monuments. All interventions were first consulted with the staff of the National Heritage Institute, architects and representatives of the investor and were based on the outcomes of the architectural and historic research undertaken in 1996. The restoration was carried out by a GEMA ART GROUP a.s. expert workforce during 2002 and 2003.

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Tuscany Palace, Prague - Hradčany, Czech Republic

Tuscany Palace, which dominates the Castle Square, is one of Prague's unique examples of Italianate Baroque style. Already during the 1938 exhibition "Baroque Prague" it was cited as a prime example of "palatial stately building in the Roman style in Prague". The palace is the traditional seat of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The most extensive building and restoration work on it so far had taken place between the years 1994 and 1998, but not enough emphasis was then given to the sculptural ornamentation on the east-facing attic and to some stone elements of the façade. For this reason additional targeted restoration work had to be carried out. GEMA ART GROUP a.s. was responsible for the restoration of a valuable Baroque sculpture from the late 17th century and other original stone elements. Thanks to the expertise of the restorers it was possible to secure the statue and reinstall it on a non-corrosive grunion, which will prevent future damage. Because of the cultural and historic significance of Tuscany Palace, this was a highly valued commission for GEMA ART GROUP a.s. All work was carried out by staff holding a valid Ministry of Culture licence and was completed in April 2003.

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Preservation of the basement area of historical houses, Praha - Old Town, Czech Republic

 The commission involved salvaging and preservation work on the original Romanesque basement spaces within the premises of the GATE Gallery in Husova Street in the historic centre of Prague. The extensive floods of August 2002, which affected the whole centre of the Czech capital city, also damaged the building which at that time housed the Czech Museum of Fine Arts. The flood water penetrated the basement area of the original Romanesque dwelling and reached a height of nearly 2 metres.
The chief aim of the task was to successfully adjust the climactic conditions in a gradual way, in order to minimize disturbance of the original building material. After this, conservation of the surface area of the stone was embarked on.

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