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The Gothic tower of Freiburg Minster

An overview of the investigations and research undertaken to develop a repair programme for the Gothic tower of Freiburg Minster, Germany.

The 116m high tower is dated to about 1300. Its 45m high spire is unique in terms of architecture and building technique.

For the 2016 James Sutherland History Lecture, Rainer Barthel reports on the extensive investigations and research programmes which were undertaken in order to develop an efficient and minimised repair concept.


Rainer Barthel is a structural engineer. He is a partner in the company Barthel & Maus, consultant engineers in Munich and Professor at the Technical University of Munich.

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