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The palace of Nuevo Baztán is a state-designated historic monument in central Spain built in the early eighteenth century. The main building material used in its facades is limestone. The aim of this investigation was to characterize the limestone, defining deterioration mechanisms contributing to the decay of the stone facades and testing a series of potential preservation treatments. The limestone is a biosparite; two microfacies were identified according to microscopic differences (limestones A and B) with distinct petrophysical characteristics mainly due to their different pore systems. Primary deterioration mechanisms were identified as those related to cycles of thermal and...

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