The renovation, the workman related, was long overdue. The architects said they were surprised at the poor state of the apartment.
For one thing, the electrical system was not up to code. Some rooms still used old 125-volt electrical outlets, which were phased out years ago in Italy in favor of 220 volts. The water pipes were encrusted with rust and lime, and the heating system was approximate at best.
Above the false ceiling, workers discovered big drums placed strategically to catch the leaks from the roof; some were nearly full of water.
The makeover included renovation of the medical studio, which is said to include emergency surgery and dentistry equipment. The papal bedroom, situated at the corner of the building, was completely redone, and most of the rooms were freshly wallpapered.
The new kitchen was reportedly outfitted by a German company, with state-of-the-art ovens, ranges and other appliances.
Those who frequented the papal apartment under Pope John Paul II have no doubt that the place needed an overhaul. Polish film director Krzysztof Zanussi, a friend of the late pope, once said he was astonished at the gloominess of the place, with its outmoded furnishings and lack of lighting.
Saturday, January 7, 2006
No Wonder Why John Paul Traveled So Much
From CNS STORY: No place like home: Papal apartment gets extreme makeover: