Scaffolding and workmen restoring old buildings is a common sight everywhere we’ve been in Europe. In America all our buildings are young, under 200 years, mostly under 100 and a lot under 50 years of age.
These would all be considered youngsters in Europe, where 300 to 1000 year is the more usual age.
This restoration project, seen in the Jewish Quarter from our room in the Intercontinental Hotel in Prague (Praha) is between 300 & 400 years old. The workers seem well secured with scaffolding and OSHA like safety equipment.
Maintaining the history is a serious challenge in all of Europe. Many buildings from Cathedrals to Museums and others all charge admission to help defray the cost of maintenance. Large projects like bridges and monuments are handled by the government, part of the reason for the higher taxes in older Europe compared to the youngster, America.