Zaragoza, Sep 20 (EFE).- Work has already begun to secure and consolidate the southeast tower of the Basilica del Pilar in Zaragoza, which suffered landslides in early September.

The brigades of the urban planning and facilities sector of the Zaragoza City Hall have begun to remove the spare parts of the tower, the one located next to Milagro de Calanda street. The consistory acts in a subsidiary way since the owner of the temple is the metropolitan council.

The actions include the removal of a stone that threatened to fall, weighing more than 20 kilos and which was left stored in the sacristy of the basilica, in the custody of the chapter.

The rest of the tower’s cornice has also been redesigned. There it was detected that in the area near the clock there is more damage with a possible risk of detachment, so an additional piece could be removed, reports the Zaragoza Town Hall.

The Minister of Urban Planning and Amenities, Víctor Serrano, insisted that it was an “emergency” action and explained that work was underway to ensure security throughout the building , with sanitation works and the removal of elements that could be dangerous if they rush onto public roads.

Consolidation works in the Pilar tower which suffered landslides
Consolidation work on the southeast tower of the Basilica of Pilar, which suffered landslides in early September. EFE/Javier Belver

There is no risk in the structure of the temple

Furthermore, he ruled out that there could be any risk in the structure of the building and attributed the damage “to deterioration caused by the passage of time and bad weather”.

On October 8, the Fiestas del Pilar begin and the square of the same name is the nerve center of the planned activities.

“We do not choose the dates for this type of emergency. The first thing for these types of issues is safety,” Serrano said respectfully.

After these works, it will be necessary to carry out consolidation and repair works on the cornice, which will also be carried out by the Zaragoza City Council in a subsidiary manner.

But to begin these restoration actions, we have to wait for the Provincial Heritage Commission of the Government of Aragon which, at its meeting on September 29, will have to give the green light to a report of repair and consolidation works of the damage observed. in this southeast tower.

the second detachment

Already last May, after another specific case of landslides in the northeast tower (in the same street but on the facade of Paseo de Echegaray y Caballero), an execution order was issued by the Town Planning for that the metropolitan council carry out the revision of all the facades and towers and the repair of any damage that may be observed.

Currently, the town hall is working on the development of a project of intervention, analysis and repair of the facades.

Edited by Isabel Poncela

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