Restoration of acid rain-damaged church masonry

Restoration of acid rain-damaged church masonry

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Credit: SIMON FRASER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Effects of acid rain & air pollution on historic buildings. Replacement statues at the Church of St Peter & St Paul, Cracow, Poland. The church was built in the baroque style in the early 17th century. These replicas were installed in 1988. Elsewhere, eroded stone is treated with a mixture of sand & cement with a clear acrylic emulsion for exterior protection. Restoration work performed in the 1950's is currently (1990) requiring more attention. Cracow contains a wealth of historic buildings & is deemed a World Heritage Site. Whilst 80 buildings have been restored to date, some 1700 need urgent attention.

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Keywords: acid etching of, acid rain, air pollution, atmospheric, buildings, church of peter and paul, cracow, easter europe, environment, environmental, poland, restoration, stone

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