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Ancient Maastricht city wall and Roundel “Five heads” (16th century)
In March 2019 the ancient city wall (from 1500) next to the Roundel “Five Heads” collapsed. We follow the information from the city council about the restoration work, because the André Rieu fans gather at the picnic spot in the city park overlooking this wall.
Limburger, Sept. 26, 2023. By Annelies Hendrikx. Translated by Ineke, edited by Diana D. Le. Restoration of collapsed rampart wall in Maastricht finally in sight: pond is being drained to temporarily store numbered stones Four and a half years after the collapse (March 2019), restoration of the embankment wall in the Maastricht City Park is finally in sight. Roundel “De Vijf Koppen” (the Five Heads) is also included. Alderman Frans Bastiaens announced this on September 25th, 2023. The preparatory work will start at the beginning of October: this mainly involves the partial excavation of the earth wall. This is necessary to remove the pressure that the ground exerts on the embankment wall, and to make both wall and roundel stable again. In addition, the 16th-century rampart of the fortress wall is made visible, so that people can soon walk along the restored wall and the loopholes. Fish and turtles At the same time, the construction site is being redesigned and enlarged. It is necessary to drain the pond so that the natural stone blocks of the outer shell of the rampart wall and the roundel can be temporarily stored here. Each stone is numbered there and after the winter the wall and roundel are rebuilt. “It will look exactly the same as before the collapse,” Bastiaens promises. The pond will remain empty until the entire restoration is completed, expected at the end of 2024. "The fish and turtles from the pond will find another home," says coordinator Rob Smeets. “The fishing club catches the fish and puts them in the Meuse; the turtles go to the turtle sanctuary.” The actual restoration of the roundel and wall will start in early 2024. The municipality is still in discussions with the Welfare and Monuments Committee (WMC), the Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE), and fortress partners about the final restoration plan for the roundel De Vijf Koppen. Together The tender has been awarded to the construction consortium Koninklijke Woudenberg-Laudy. “The decision was made to tender the restoration of the rampart wall and the roundel together and to ensure that the implementation is connected as efficiently as possible,” says project leader Ron Werné. If agreement is reached on the cost price, that combination will also be implemented. There is no clarity yet about the total costs, Bastiaens said. Six million euros have been budgeted for this, but there is a good chance that the job will be more expensive. The province contributes 400,000 euros. Information To mark the start of the preparatory work, new construction fence cloths have recently been installed. Passers-by can read information about the history of the fortifications, the investigations that have taken place, and the finds that have been made. Smeets and Werné: “So that people can see that we really haven't been sitting still.”
A picture, made during the fan picnic of July 2023.
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