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Geovisualization of the deterioration processes of the Charles Bridge (Prague, Czech Republic) mortars: the interdependence of microchemical and mineral composition

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Year of publication 2008
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference HMC 08 1st Historical mortars conference
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Faculty of Science

Field Geology and mineralogy
Keywords Charles Bridge - deterioration - efflorescence - sulphates - mortars
Description The Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic was built in 1342-1406 and represents one of the most famous mediaeval sites in the Central Europe (Figure 1). Below the water level, the pillars are made of granite blocks. Above the river, the masonry consists of various sandstones. During its history, the bridge was damaged by floods several times. After the floods, it was reconstructed by various methods. The original composition of the bridge flooring was substantially changed during the last reconstruction in 1976, when a reinforced concrete slab was embedded to the flooring and a granite pavement was laid on the concrete bed.
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