Storm damages Cologne mosaic in 100 places

24th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

Cologne (dpa) - The priceless Roman floor mosaic that was damaged last week in the German city of Cologne by the storm called Kyrill has been chipped in at least 100 places, the city's Roman-Germanic Museum said. The museum, packed with Roman artefacts dug up in Cologne, was built over the spot where the well-preserved work of art was discovered in 1941 during efforts to dig an air raid shelter in the heart of the city. On January 18, the storm hurled timber through plate-glass windows, covering the tiny t

Cologne (dpa) - The priceless Roman floor mosaic that was damaged last week in the German city of Cologne by the storm called Kyrill has been chipped in at least 100 places, the city's Roman-Germanic Museum said.

The museum, packed with Roman artefacts dug up in Cologne, was built over the spot where the well-preserved work of art was discovered in 1941 during efforts to dig an air raid shelter in the heart of the city.

On January 18, the storm hurled timber through plate-glass windows, covering the tiny tiles of the Dionysos Mosaic with debris.

"We have found 100 places where it was damaged and expect to find about 150 in all," museum manager Bernhard Ostermann said.

Efforts were continuing to lift a 300-kilogram sheet of glass off the mosaic without scratching it.

Restorers intend to cement the chips back into place and paint them so that the damage is not so obvious.

The 75-square-metre mosaic, with panels showing the ancient god Dionysos, dates from about 200 AD and was originally the dining room floor of a magnificent Roman villa. Cologne was once one of the principal Roman cities of what is today Germany.

DPA

Subject: German news

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