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Journal of Spectroscopy
Volume 2013, Article ID 957456, 5 pages
Research Article

Scientific Investigations of a 16th Century Stall Belonging to the Evangelic Church in Bistriţa, Bistriţa-Năsăud County, Romania

1Faculty of Orthodox Theology, Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, 18 Avram Iancu Square, 400117 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, 65-103 Donáth, 400293 Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Received 28 June 2012; Revised 27 November 2012; Accepted 3 December 2012

Academic Editor: Dhananjay Bodas

Copyright © 2013 C. Marutoiu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The Evangelic Church in Bistriţa city is one of the important gothic monuments in Romania. Inside the church there have been preserved a series of furniture pieces from different centuries, and the stall that has been analysed in this study is one of them. The study presents the investigations that were made on the occasion of restoring the stall. The nature and the status of the wooden supports and also the composition of the painting layer which covers the front side of the stall were investigated by several methods: Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analyses. The back side of the stall was made of spruce fir wood and its status was also investigated. The nature of the component elements and the heritage value of the ensemble were also established.