Restoring Utrecht’s Dom Tower

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In the city of Utrecht there is one landmark that all its inhabitants know and can never miss: the Dom Tower. Built in the 1400s, it is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands and, if you were to climb its steps to its peak on a clear day, you’d be able to see all the way to Rotterdam. The tower also has a set of bells whose size – or possibly weight – is second to that of the Kölner Dom. (At least in Europe.)

The Dom Tower constitutes a somewhat practical part of life in Utrecht. As long as you can see it, you kind of know where you are in the city.

At the end of 2017, though, the church tower began to look a little different. Scaffolding and boards were put up along its uppermost portions. Now, if one were to visit the base of the structure, one would see a description of the restoration project that’s going on to inject new life into it.

This restoration is said to last about five years and will cost around 37 million euro. Being a tax-paying individual I admit I was a little surprised at the cost. This being a Dutch construction project, I’m also mildly sceptical about it being completed on time and on budget (refer to the construction of Amsterdam’s Noord-Zuid metro line).

But hey, I stand ready to be proven wrong.