Chandelier in the cathedral of Hildesheim in Lower Saxony
Hildesheim Cathedral is proud of a magnificent crown of light from the Ottonian period suspended in its choir. The Hezilo chandelier includes 12 towers and 12 gates linked by fragments of walls, depicting the heavenly Jerusalem. In the past, damaged parts were replaced with new pieces, gilded by electrolysis. In 2000-2001, two towers, one door and two fragments of wall have been sent to the C2RMF laboratory for gilding analysis before their restoration, using Rutherford backscattering on AGLAE.