A temporary lookout tower and a lift to take people to it are planned for the Dom Tower in Utrecht. The managers of the tower hope that this will still attract tourists to the Dom Tower now that it is being renovated. "At a height of 95 meters there will be a kind of crow's nest which you can get to with the elevator", manager Jaap van Engelenburg said to RTV Utrecht.
On Monday the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is starting the restoration of Rembrandt van Rijn's 1642 masterpiece the Night Watch. The painting will be restored behind a glass wall in the museum itself, which means that the public can follow along with the restoration.
The four dials on the Domtoren in Utrecht, which date from 1915, were removed on Monday morning. They will be restored in the coming period. "It is a memorable moment that the tower can be viewed without dials", tower manager Jaap van Engelenburg said to NU.nl. "I said jokingly: It is as if someone who has been wearing a beard for ten years suddenly shaves it off. The Domtoren suddenly has a bare face."
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will start restoring Rembrandt van Rijn's famous painting The Night Watch in July next year. The painting will be restored in the hall where it's currently hanging, and visitors to the museum are welcome to watch the process. The restoration can also be followed online, the museum announced on Tuesday.
The Night Watch will be restored in a clear glass chamber designed by French architect Jean Michel Wilmotte. It's last major restoration happened 40 years ago, following an attack on the painting in 1975.
Foundation Stadsherstel launched a crowdfunding campaign to "artisanally" restore the Haarlemmerpoort in Amsterdam. Restoring the neglected gate will cost more than 2.5 million euros. Stadsherstel, which owns the building, is still 171 thousand euros short, Het Parool reports.
The Dom Tower in Utrecht is deteriorating faster than thought and it is starting to crumble, according to a letter from alderman Paul Jansen. The city is installing nets in the lantern - the open part of the tower - to prevent visitors and other pedestrians getting hit on the head, NOS reports.
The tower was inspected in October. The inspection revealed that the south and west sides of the tower in particular are worse off than expected. The Dom is not at the point of collapse, but intervention is needed. Nets will now be placed in the tower at a height of 70 and 90 meters.
Two time capsules were found during renovations to the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft. They were opened on Thursday. The first contained a list of officers on parchment dated 1834. The second was a short statement on the restoration of the church dated 1924, the Telegraaf reports.
Wilco Maak, head of both the Oude- and Nieuwe Kerk, had the honor of opening the surprise capsules. They were found behind a memorial plate. He was pleased with the find, though did joke that it is "too bad there were no gold coins inside".
The repair of the IJsselstein house that was heavily damaged by a toppling crane in December, has been delayed. According to Arnold Wagemakers of housing corporation Provides (which owns the house), the delays are caused by the bad weather.