Materiales de Construcción, Vol 45, No 240 (1995)

Characterization and conservation of the stone used in the Cathedral of Granada, Spain

R. Villegas
Insto. Andaluz del Patrimonio Histórico (Sevilla), Spain

L. Martín
Insto. Andaluz del Patrimonio Histórico (Sevilla), Spain

J. F. Valea
Dpto. Ingeniería Química y Ambiental/Univ. Sevilla, Spain

M. A. Bello
Dpto. Química Analítica/Univ. Sevilla, Spain


This paper summarizes a study carried out on the Granada Cathedral which includes studies of indicators, factors and mechanisms of deterioration. A complete chemical and physical characterization of altered and unaltered material from the quarries and the building has been made. Eight commercial treatment products have been tested on the main stone-type used in the monument, including two accelerated weathering tests (salt crystallization and SO2 chemical attack). Some conservation proposals have been made.

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