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    The Cement Museum

    Exhibit at the museum

    Exhibit room at the museum

    Following on from our series on Spain, the city of San Sebastian in northern Spain is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. The picturesque coastline and hilly surroundings mean that the city is always full of holidaymakers, but many leave without seeing the main attraction, the cement museum!

    The Museum Cemento Rezola is Spain’s first and only museum dedicated to cement. It was opened in the year 2000 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Cementos Rezola company, one of Spain’s largest cement and concrete companies.  The museum aims to “Discover the important role cement has played in our civilisation”, and answer questions like “What actually goes on in a cement factory?”, “How is concrete utilised?” and “ Where do the raw materials come from?”

    Exhibitions at the museum include “the history of cement”, an audio-visual presentation which provides an overview from the discovery of cement in 1756, to the advent of Portland cement, to the use of reinforced concrete. Also “cement and the environment” underlines the contribution of cement factories in helping the environment, by using waste generated by other industries.

    The museum is free to enter, and a guided tour can be arranged for groups of 6 or more by booking ahead. Details can be found on their website.

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