On Friday, 9 September 2016, the finishing touches were made to the southern spire, which had remained incomplete since 2013 due to inclement weather: We successfully laid the highest stone of Soest – the finial – at the tip of the northern spire – by helicopter. This saved a great deal of time and was ultimately also cheaper than extending the scaffolding solely for this purpose or performing all measures necessary for the use of two mobile cranes. The process began at 6:00 p.m. inside the church with a prayer dedicated to the masons’ lodge, held with the motto “peace in our hearts and in the world”. Two days later, on Sunday 11 September 2016, more than a thousand visitors used the opportunity to climb to the top one the last time.
From the following day, we dismantled the scaffolding on the spire and fitted it immediately to the choir, whose 10 windows are now to be renovated by 2019 in a process that will take part parallel to the tower construction that will take over a year.
Early in the morning of 12 September, 2016, the lightning protection was completed. The finial of the northern spire now stands in place, directly above the scaffolding, ready for the final act: the lead glazing of the doweling.
Below documents laid out with the signatures of all visitors up here on 11 September. The document to the far left is a token of catholic provost’s church community at St. Patrolki with a text by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. To the left is the faxed dedication of the building director of Dresden’s Frauenkirche on the song sheet ”Dona Nobis Pacem”, which our friends from Dresden sang in 2002 in Osnabrück with other colleagues and the master builder of the Soest cathedral.
For whatever reason, in the preparation for this act of completing our northern spire, this past event was repeatedly recalled.
A historical message in a bottle. The documents were rolled up here in heat-resistant tube, placed into the sloped sprue which meets the stone at the tip of the historic copper spike and in turn comes out of the finial from below in a vertical channel.
The molten lead provides force-fitted durability.