The first notes performed by the students of the Kolín elementary art school rang out in the castle chapel during its ceremonial opening. In the future, the space is to be used not only for wedding ceremonies, but also for smaller cultural events.
Ceremonial opening of the newly repaired chapel of the Cologne castle|photo:Zuzana Roudnická
“We plan that there will be spaces for exhibitions or smaller concerts, weddings, or some community activity. It will have the marketing and tourism department under it. This means that we will draw up operating regulations and issue the conditions under which it is possible to borrow the chapel or use it in some way,” said Mayor Michael Kašpar from Změna pro Kolín.
The first events could be held here already at the turn of February and March. The newly renovated space consists of two small adjacent rooms, the chapel and the sacristy. According to the director of the Kolín Regional Museum Vladimír Rišlinka, their origin dates back to the Middle Ages. “The chapel is essentially the oldest preserved part of the Cologne castle. During a construction-historical survey, it was found that it is located in the area of the original early Gothic tower of the former city Monastery Gate from the middle of the 13th century.”
The original Cologne castle was rebuilt in the form of a Renaissance castle in the second half of the 16th century. In the second half of the 18th century, the then owners rebuilt it into a brewery, part of the buildings served as a warehouse. The castle brewery ceased operations in 1987
The reconstruction of the former castle chapel began with restoration surveys and the uncovering of plaster in 2020. Today, the chapel with the sacristy has new wiring, repaired floors and plaster, and the entrance stairs and interior doors have been renovated. The interior of the chapel was supplemented with furniture, some pieces were stored on the floor of the town hall, others were purchased by the city, the kneeler was previously placed in the chapel. During the reconstruction, things were also found that were probably used for the operation of the chapel.
The renovation of the premises cost the city 2.6 million crowns. It is not yet clear when the repair of the entire castle will be completed. According to estimates, the work costs around 60 million crowns. They are therefore done gradually and depend on the subsidy titles obtained.