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Tallinn to support restoration of Roman-Catholic cathedral with €125,000

Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral of the Roman-Catholic Church in Tallinn.
Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral of the Roman-Catholic Church in Tallinn. Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

The Tallinn city government has decided to support the restoration of the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral, located in the capital city's medieval old town, with €125,000.

The cathedral will be responsible for funding the restoration of its altarpiece and confessionals, insulation of its attic and purchase of lighting for its hall, writes daily Eesti Päevaleht (link in Estonian).

The Roman-Catholic Church submitted a total of nine applications to the National Heritage Board's places of worship program for funding for interior and exterior work on Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral, estimating the cost of the needed work to total €197,271.51. The church hoped to receive €147,800 of this total from the National Heritage Board's program.

According to the church's plans, this money was to pay for the restoration of the cathedral's walls, vaulted ceilings, columns, windows and back wall. Also in need of renovation are the cathedral's ceiling and basement, and the attic needs to be insulated as well.

This year, the National Heritage Board has earmarked over €606,000 to fund the restoration of places of worship. While Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral had applied for funding from the board in order to help pay for renovations ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Estonia this fall, their applications were denied.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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