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Restoration Wooden Church
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Video: Restoration Wooden Church

Video: Restoration Wooden Church

A 700 year old wooden church in Karpacz, Poland received an “update” using the latest materials.

The church was originally built in southern Norway at the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries. The Prussian king, Friedrich Wilhelm IV, bought the building to be demolished at that time and, after a few detours, it came to its current location. Since 1844 it has been the place of worship of the Evangelical Augsburg community of Karpacz in Poland.

Due to its age, unusual construction, origin and last but not least the number of annual visitors, the Wang Temple, as it is called today, has become a sight of European rank. Over 100,000 tourists visit Wang Temple every year. This is the second place on the list of the most visited places in Lower Silesia, right after the old market in Wroclaw.

The Polish monument protection recognized its importance early on and ensures that the temple is preserved in all its splendor for future generations. Remmers product systems are used for this because, in addition to the know-how for monument conservation, a complete product range for the wood trade is also offered.

The building has a pillar-and-beam construction, characteristic of Scandinavian religious buildings made of wood. This construction was made without nails, only the connections carved out of wood hold the building together. From the outside, rosettes and especially the gable with a dragon-shaped pinacel attract attention. The interior is adorned with original decorations and sculptures on portals and column chapters with Christian and Nordic motifs.

"Hats off to the builders of the church, who have so effectively protected the building material wood, which can be easily destroyed by biological corrosion, for almost 700 years," said Tomasz Szymaski, Technical Consultant at Remmers Polska, with full appreciation.

Wood preservation

The age of the building is no guarantee of future existence. The restorers use the Aidol HK glaze with “built-in” primer. It offers 6-fold premium protection for wood outdoors. It was used on the roof area, the rosettes and mascarons as well as on the administration building. In addition to long-term protection against fungal attack and blue stain, the HK glaze also offers effective protection against weathering of the surface and against destruction of the lignin in the wood by UV radiation. Since the HK glaze penetrates deep into the wood and does not form a film on the surface, there is no risk that it will tear and peel over time. A new renovation coat of paint can be applied in around ten years without the need for post-treatment by sanding or stripping.

The Polish monument protection recognized the importance of the building and ensures the professional preservation of the church.

Wood replacement

Some of the wooden rosettes, dragons and mascarons were so badly weathered and destroyed that it was necessary to reconstruct their shapes and structures. The aim was to find a method that preserved the original material of these decorative components as much as possible. The products epoxy wood consolidation and epoxy wood substitute from Remmers were used as well as the Aidol HK glaze again. The renovated areas already show the final color, which was selected by the parishioners in coordination with the preservation department.

The roof beams were impregnated with Remmers Multi GS to prevent wood-destroying insects. Further protective measures are the impregnation of the wooden structure with Adolit BQ 1. The boards and the floor were refreshed and protected with the colorless Aidol hard wax oil. Finally, the facade should also be renovated.

Tomasz Szymaski's conclusion: The Wang Temple is such an extraordinary building in several respects that it is worth every effort and care in order to keep it as faithful as possible for future generations.

Always well cared for and saved over the centuries: the Wang Temple in Karpacz. Photos: Remmers

Source: Malerblatt 06/2010