Restoration of the unfinished building of the Church of St Procopius in the Sázava Monastery complex, Czech Republic

Sázava Monastery, situated in the vicinity of the town of Sázava in the Kutná Hora region, holds a significant place in Bohemian medieval history. The monastery, founded by Prince Oldřich on the impetus of St Procopius, was one of the most important centres of medieval learning in the Czech territory. It has been listed as a National Cultural Monument since 1962. The monastery complex is sought out by tourists and believers alike; all visitors can see the exhibition "Old Slavonic Sázava" and explore the informative trail through the architectural history of the location. The monastery premises are also available for wedding ceremonies and various cultural events.
The unfinished Gothic Church of St Procopius had been originally built from unsuitable material, namely arkose (a type of sandstone) from Nučice quarry, and was in the 1990s found to be in a critical state of disrepair. Immediate efforts to secure and restore the unfinished building were thus paramount and a specialist workforce from GEMA ART GROUP a.s. was given the task. Due to the demanding nature of the project a series of complex surveys had to be carried out before the work could commence. The restoration was divided into five stages and took place from 1999 till 2005, always under the supervision of the staff of the National Heritage Institute of Central Bohemia. Restoration of the remains of the Church of St Procopius was for GEMA ART GROUP a.s. one of the pivotal commissions of that time, due to the monument's cultural and historic significance and the nature and complexity of the tasks involved.

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Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, Brno, Czech Republic

The Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul in Brno, whose origin dates back to the Romanesque era, is numbered among the principal architectonic treasures of Moravia and is a listed National Cultural Monument. Its silhouette dominates the city of Brno and the cathedral itself is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Czech Republic. Due to the building's cultural and historic importance its extensive reconstruction became imperative when some parts of the exterior reached a state of serious disrepair. The work on the project started in the 1990s, when an archaeological survey was carried out and the crypt was restored. The company GEMA ART GROUP a.s. has played a significant past in the renovation work since 1999 and its involvement mainly concerned the complete restoration of the exterior walls including all stone elements.
The project, of seven years duration, was one of the most important and most extensive contracts for the company and required high levels of expertise and experience from the GEMA ART GROUP a.s. highly professional team of restorers. The unique demands of the task, in particular in the restoration of two Gothic sculptures on the south façade of the cathedral, were documented in the exhibition organized on the premises of the National Heritage Institute in April 2005. The annual journal of the Care of Monuments in Moravia Institute also dedicated its 2005 edition to the history and renovation of the two sculptures of female saints in Petrov.

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