Malaga Cathedral solution

NEW SOLUTION: Architects recreation of the scheme. Credit: Archbishop of Malaga

A PROJECT to fix Malaga cathedral’s leaky roof has been presented. 

The Bishopric of Malaga is taking a step forward in its bid to finally solve the problem that has affected the roof and walls of the building for decades. 

Diocesan officials presented a project for a gabled roof that will cover the roof, largely following the proposal that, in 1764, Ventura Rodriguez devised to continue work on the cathedral. 

Architects José Manuel Sánchez La Chica and Adolfo de la Torre proposed a new structure to protect the building without affecting guided tours and following the concept of keeping an open space. 

The Junta de Andalucia spent nearly €2 million trying to fix the problem in 2009 with a second brick ‘skin’ covering the original vaulted roof. 

But a year ago, cracks appeared and the problem returned. The 2009 brickwork will be removed and a wood and steel structure resting on the walls rather than the roof itself will be constructed. 

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