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Stone materials used for monumental buildings in the historical centre of Turin (NW Italy): architectonical survey and petrographic characterization of Via Roma

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Alessandro Borghi
Alessandro Borghi
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso, 35-I-10125 Torino, Italy
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Valentina Berra
Valentina Berra
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso, 35-I-10125 Torino, Italy
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Anna d’Atri
Anna d’Atri
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso, 35-I-10125 Torino, Italy
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Giovanna A. Dino
Giovanna A. Dino
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso, 35-I-10125 Torino, Italy
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Lorenzo M. Gallo
Lorenzo M. Gallo
Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino, Via Giolitti, 36-I-10123 Torino, Italy
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Elena Giacobino
Elena Giacobino
Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino, Via Giolitti, 36-I-10123 Torino, Italy
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Luca Martire
Luca Martire
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso, 35-I-10125 Torino, Italy
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Gianluca Massaro
Gianluca Massaro
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso, 35-I-10125 Torino, Italy
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Gloria Vaggelli
Gloria Vaggelli
CNR–Istituto di Geoscienze e Georisorse, Via Valperga Caluso, 35-I-10125 Torino, Italy
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Carlo Bertok
Carlo Bertok
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso, 35-I-10125 Torino, Italy
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Daniele Castelli
Daniele Castelli
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso, 35-I-10125 Torino, Italy
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Emanuele Costa
Emanuele Costa
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso, 35-I-10125 Torino, Italy
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Simona Ferrando
Simona Ferrando
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso, 35-I-10125 Torino, Italy
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Chiara Groppo
Chiara Groppo
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso, 35-I-10125 Torino, Italy
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Franco Rolfo
Franco Rolfo
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso, 35-I-10125 Torino, Italy
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Published:
January 01, 2015

Abstract

One of the peculiarities of Turin (NW Italy) lies on the presence of monumental arcades which mainly consist of stone material. These arcades, characterized by more than 12 km of interconnected paths, represent one of the widest city promenades of Europe and are an architectural, aesthetic and socio-economic example unique in the world. This paper, analysing the urban axis of Via Roma (Rome Street), aims to study the material used in arcade construction. The main stones occurring in Via Roma have been identified and described from a petrographic and mineralogical point of view in order to find out the corresponding geological units and original quarry sites.

The minero-petrographic study is accompanied by an architectural survey that was performed applying different methods, as well as the geometric mapping and the perspective rectification of span-types, of block terminations and of other architectonical elements, in plan and in elevation, of the arcades.

This allows us to emphasize the merging of cultural and scientific interest for the stone materials used in the historical architecture of a town closely interconnected to the surrounding Western Alps orogenic chain.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Global Heritage Stone: Towards International Recognition of Building and Ornamental Stones

D. Pereira
D. Pereira
University of Salamanca, Spain
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B. R. Marker
B. R. Marker
Independent Consultant, UK
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S. Kramar
S. Kramar
Slovenian National Building and CivilEngineering Institute, Slovenia
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B. J. Cooper
B. J. Cooper
University of South Australia, Australia
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B. E. Schouenborg
B. E. Schouenborg
Geological Survey of Sweden, Sweden
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Geological Society of London
Volume
407
ISBN electronic:
9781862396951
Publication date:
January 01, 2015

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