The Conciergerie was part of the Royal Palace for the Kings of France from the X to the XIV centuries. It then became a prison until 1914. Queen Marie-Antoinette was incarcerated there prior to her beheading. New layout and preservation work such as repointing necessitated the use of compatible materials. Saint Astier® Natural Hydraulic Limes were consequently specified.
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle has been a royal residence since the XII century until 1603. Classified as an historical monument in the XX century, it has gone through various restoration programs ever since. The castle passed into the care of Historic Scotland in 1991, which requires the highest standard of protection. Saint Astier® Natural Hydraulic Lime fulfills this requirement perfectly.
Grand Palais, Paris, France
The Grand Palais (Great Palace) was built in 1897 for the 1900 Worlds Fair Exposition. Built on fill and lacking maintenance the building was in such disrepair that it had to be closed to the public in 1993. Therefore, extensive repairs, restoration and replacement took place from 2001 until 2007. Saint Astier® Natural Hydraulic Limes were specified for the entire masonry part of this gigantic undertaking.
Torre de Quart, Valencia, Spain
The Torre de Quart (Quart Towers) was built around 1450 and was part of the rampart protecting the city of Valencia. Napoleon’s army left cannon ball holes during the Spanish War of Independence against the French. Built at its origin, with stone and lime mortars, its rehabilitation called for authentic mortars: Saint Astier® natural hydralic lime was the material of choice.
Daphni Monastery – Attica, Greece
Restoration of Katholikon of Daphni Monastery in Attica, Greece. View a study of this project.