Archives of Acoustics, 35, 2, pp. 145-156, 2010

Sound, noise and speech at the 9000-seat Holy Trinity Church in Fatima, Portugal

António P.O. CARVALHO
University of Porto, Laboratory of Acoustics, Faculty of Engineering

Pedro M.A. SILVA
University of Porto, Laboratory of Acoustics, Faculty of Engineering

This paper presents the interior acoustical characterization of the 9,000-seat church of the Holy Trinity in the Sanctuary of Fá'tima, Portugal, inaugurated in 2007. In situ measurements were held regarding interior sound pressure levels (with and without the HVAC equipment working), NC curves, RASTI (with and without the installed sound system) and reverberation time. The results are presented and commented according to the design values. A comparison is made with other churches in the world, also with a very large volume (for instance the Basilica Mariacka in Gdańsk). The measured data are also used to calculate a global index of this church acoustic quality using Engel's and Kosała's Index Method.
Keywords: church; acoustics; RASTI; reverberation time
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