One thing found to be true is that marble has stood the test of time. This marvelous rock is not only found on your countertops, but it has literally shaped history. The metamorphic rock has metamorphosed many spaces throughout history. All the way from India to Greece and Italy to American soil, marble has created some of our most monumental pieces of history.
The Taj Mahal
This mausoleum was commissioned in 1632 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the remains of his beloved wife. It was constructed over a 20 year period in Agra, India. Named the Taj Mahal in honor of Mumtaz Mahal, the mausoleum was constructed of shimmering white marble inlaid in semi-precious stones including jade, crystals, lapis, amethyst and turquoise.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus Theatre
This ancient amphitheatre was built at the base of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Constructed around 161 A.D., this semi-circle structure originally stood three stories high and was decorated in marble and ceramic pieces. The stage and seating area was also laid in marble. Art and music festivals are held in this historic arena even today.
The Statue of David
Simply entitled “David,” depicting the iconic biblical character from the story of David and Goliath. This marble sculpture was commissioned for one of the buttresses of the cathedral in Florence. The Italian Renaissance sculptor, Michelangelo, executed the piece from 1501-1504.
THis former Roman Temple was completed in 125 C.E. and is now a Catholic Church. THis circular building was built using brick and concrete but was originally faced with white marble stucco. The dome is also concrete with the outer surface originally covered in sheets of bronze.
Tower of Pisa
Also known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, built over 200 years ago, was manually built out of marble and limestone. Over 1400 tons of this stone were cut, lifted and transported with the strength of men. Luckily, the flexibility of limestone has left history with a leaning tower instead of a broken one. Today, one of the most iconic squares is known as the Square of Miracles.
The Washington Monument
A Maryland quarry supplied the marble and granite for phase one of an American iconic monument in 1876. If you look closely at The Washington monument, you will see a distinct color line. This color line is present due to the fact that the construction of this monument was halted in 1856 when the private donations for the project dried up. Building resumed in 1876 using public funds for its completion.
The Supreme Court Building
This building houses one of the highest offices in all of the United States. Known as “The Marble Palace.” Construction of this building began in 1932, and was officially completed in 1935. Externally, this steel framed structure is faced with white marble. Within there are beautifully constructed marble ceilings. This 43 million dollar monument houses 3 million dollars worth of marble alone.
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