Peristyle Conservation-Restoration Works
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    Stone conservation, conservation documentation
Peristyle Conservation-Restoration Works
Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace (Split, Croatia)
At the initiative of the Agency for the Old City Core, in autumn 2002 the project for the renovation and rehabilitation of the Peristyle began. This has been described as one of the most significant and the mostextensive projects in the historic core of Split since its inscription on theUNESCO's World Heritage List 30 years ago. It included archaeological, geophysical and geo-mechanical research, consolidation of foundations and upper structures, cleaning and conservation of stone, plaster and other materials, lighting and presentation of this multi-layered monument. 

The execution of the project wasconfided to the Croatian Conservation Institute. Along with the group of stoneconservators from the Stone Sculpting Section of the Croatian ConservationInstitute – Department in Split (me included), a whole team of experts from variousspecialized areas took part in the project: architects, building engineers,structural engineers, geologists, chemists, archaeologists, art historians…

Because of the great extent of the zone covered, the project was divided into a number of phases, each one of them corresponding to one segment of the space. During the firstphase of the project, which encompassed the northern part of the eastern colonnade, I was involved in the laser cleaning of stone. In addition to this, I was entrusted with the written documentation of the conservation operations. When the second phase of the project began, I was put in charge of the written, photo and graphic documentation.

I authored three exhibitions on the Peristyle conservation works, wrote several papers on this subject and gave a series of lectures at professional conferences in Croatia and abroad.

Photo: Vid Barac (Croatian Conservation Institute)
Photo: Sagita Mirjam Sunara (Croatian Conservation Institute)
Architectural drawing: GEOdata d.o.o. Graphical representation of inorganic impurities (black crusts, dark sediments): Sagita Mirjam Sunara