Art Gallery

The magnificent Art Gallery, which had suffered severe damage in the Second World War, was repaired from 2001 to 2004. The central cupola with its characteristic spire received such heavy damage that it had had to be pulled down in 1948. And it was there in the subsequent gap that a makeshift roof was erected – with the interior vault being provisionally restored. But as work progressed, the tracery windows were replaced so that the façades were now replete with proper windows again. In 2002, also after extensive preparation, the damaged roofing was reconstructed and the cupola was erected on site. In August, the pinnacle – prefabricated and delivered in one piece – was then positioned on the top of the cupola by means of a crane, a project which attracted great publicity.