View a video showing the use of Saint Astier® Natural Hydraulic Limes in the restoration of the cathedral. (at approximately minute 3:30)
This masterpiece of XVII century French architecture was nearly destroyed by fire in 1994. Its complete restoration and reconstruction lasted three years, using Saint Astier® Natural Hydraulic Lime in all phases of masonry, plaster and render.
Pont du Gard (Bridge over the Gard River) is a monumental bridge-aqueduct built by the Romans during the first century and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It was part of a 30-mile long aqueduct with a remarkable constant slope of 15 inches per mile. The bridge was built without mortar and with local stones, some weighing 6 tons, except for the aqueduct area at the top, where smaller stones and mortar were used. Extensive restoration work took place recently using Saint Astier® Natural Hydraulic Limes for the aqueduct and other various stones.
Nelson’s Column was built to commemorate the death of Admiral Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar against the fleet assembled by Napoleon. Erected between 1840 and 1843 with Granite from Dartmoor, the column was refurbished in 2006, using Saint Astier® Natural Hydraulic Limes for repointing and stone restoration.
Le Louvre is one of the most visited museums in the World. Le Louvre began as a fortress in the XII century but its French Renaissance architecture dates mainly from the XVI century and was transformed into a public museum during the French Revolution. French Kings and Emperors, as well as Presidents have left their mark on this palace. The highest quality materials, such as Saint Astier® Natural Hydraulic Limes, are finding their natural place in the restoration, construction and maintenance of this architectural marvel.