For the next two years the bells of the Stiftskirche, Lambach, Austria, will be muted, and Romanesque frescoes dating from the late 11th Century will be protected by shockproof packing.
GV. Lambach, Stiftskirche.
CU. Clock on church tower at 12 noon.
CU.PAN.Church bells bolted down.
SV.INT.Nun enters room and walks to tape recorder.
SCU. Nun switches tape recorder on.
GV. Loudspeaker on church tower.
GV. Interior of church.
SV. Priest with visitor enters room where the frescoes were found underneath the bell tower.
SV. Priest and visitor enter room and point to ceiling PAN to same showing frescoes on ceiling.
CU. Priest and visitor walk to safety plates.
CU.PAN.Down safety plates.
SV.PAN.Down wooden pillars to man removing loose particles on wall and revealing frescoes.
SV.PAN.Across frescoes ('Fall of Herod').
SV & CU. 'The men of Jerusalem' frescoe.
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Background: For the next two years the bells of the Stiftskirche, Lambach, Austria, will be muted, and Romanesque frescoes dating from the late 11th Century will be protected by shockproof packing. The reason - special reconstruction work in the ancient towers, during which vibrating bells could have disastrous effect on the frescoes.
So for two years Lambach's population must make do with artificial carillons - a tape-recording of their historic bells, heard through 5 loudspeakers.
The frescoes were found in 1957 behind baroque walls, and experts have been working in the church - built 1056 - ever since. Now, with the crucial stage approaching, special precautions are necessary to preserve one of Austria's oldest ecclesiastical treasures.