On 12 October 2013, a ceremony was held for the restoration of the southern tower, together with the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia, represented by Minister Michael Groschek, which was successfully completed on precisely the 700th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone.
The report on the speech of Minister Groschek can be read here on the homepage of the Ministry of Construction, Housing, Urban Development and Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Scaffolding on the spire of the southern tower (photo Peter Dahm / Soester Anzeiger)
All names can be signed on the Soest cowhide; the parchment is installed in the helmet gable of the tower.
With good weather, followed by outdoor festivities at the Wiesenkirche there was also the possibility of ascending the spire until dusk.
For in his hand are the depths of the earth, and the heights of the mountains are his.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9 Educational text 12/10/2013
On the twelfth day of October, two thousand and thirteen years after Christ, seven hundred years after the laying of the cornerstone, we set the highest stone finial on the southern tower spire of our beautiful church of St. Maria zur Wiese in Soest.
We have restored the assortment of forms of the tower in tried and tested stone.
Now we are endowing the tower helmet and placing the gable tips.
From next year, work will continue on the northern tower.
In a time described as globalization, we act in the hope that people living on earth will find peace.
May you, the finder of this lore, appreciate this work and honour our names.
With the motto of the builders’ hut, “to devotion of the trinity”: God honour the best of our work.
May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.
Parish / Dombauverein, Dombauhütte / City of Soest / Citizens / State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia