Part of Brussels city wall that collapsed will be rebuilt with original stones

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:34
The section of tower and wall before the collapse The section of tower and wall before the collapse © Google Street View
A part of Brussels’ medieval city wall which collapsed on Monday will be rebuilt using the original stones, the city’s councillor for buildings, Geoffroy Coomans, has promised.
Only a few remnants of the original city walls remain, including between the Royal Library and the end of Rue Haute in the Marolles, and in the city centre near Place Ste-Catherine.

On Sunday morning just before six o’clock, part of the wall on the hill below the Boulevard de l’Empereur towards Rue du Midi collapsed onto the playground of the Sint-Joris school in the Rue Villers. No-one was hurt. Possible damage to other buildings and parts of the school is still being investigated.

The school is currently being renovated, and the works could turn out to be the cause of the collapse, which involved a piece of wall 20m long and 10m high, adjoining the tower, which fortunately was not affected. If that is the case, Coomans said, those responsible will be charged for the repairs.

“According to first indications, the city of Brussels is not responsible, and so it is not up to us to pay,” he told the VRT. “It is an absolute necessity for this wall to be restored – we’re talking about a wall that’s 800 years old. And we will build it up again using the same stones, identical to how it was before.”

Alan Hope
The Brussels Times
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