The Palace of the Popes in Avignon, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is undergoing a huge renovation project. The goal is to give it a second youth.
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It’s a monumental construction site about thirty meters above the ground. It took several weeks to erect the scaffolding of 1 719 m². Right in the center of Avignon, one of the largest constructions of the Middle Ages, the Popes’ palaces, is getting a makeover. And it starts with cleaning the stones that date back to the 14th century, since invaded by moss and fungi.
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The 24h The treatment to remove lichens was created to measure and it is natural. These are lemongrass, geranium and mint essential oils, known for their repellent properties. On a facade, the treatment has already rested for fifteen days and it has had its effect. Heated at 144° C, water vapor washes everything. On the wing of the Familiars which connects the Cour d’honneur to the Tour de la Campagne, the stones have not been restored for a century and the joints must be redone. A permanent research work, the restorers test several types of sand to find the good assembly. More details in the video at the top of this article.TF1 | Report P. Lefrançois, S. Fargeot
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