Structural analysis of traditional gypsum walls from the 12th century in Spain

Berta de Miguel Alcalá, G. Pardo Redondo

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TBuilt between the end of the 12th century and the beginning of the 13th, Teruel's Cathedral is a complex building which greatest treasure is the "mudejar" roof that covers the central space, declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1986. During the 2008 restoration of the church, part of the roof and walls remained uncovered for a short period of time, making that moment a unique chance to develop a constructive analysis of part of the building. The temple was built with bearing gypsum walls in the main nave, with the technique of the "tapial" or "rammed-earth wall". The walls under study are the side walls of the main nave, one meter thick and up to 17 meters high, with big openings at the bottom connecting the naves and nine windows at the top. The exterior walls have been exposed for near 900 years to weather, modifications, additions, new openings and even a bombing during the Spanish Civil War, and still now they show an enviable neat condition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVernacular Architecture: Towards a Sustainable Future
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Vernacular Heritage, Sustainability and Earthen Architecture
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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