Marble quarry in Greece. [Source]
Marble is renowned as a popular, very noble component in art, architecture and interior elements. How did the human fascination with marble start? Let’s travel back about 2,000 years..
The smooth and shiny surface of marble (combined with its durability) has inspired humans from an early stage. This is reflected in the word “marble”, which derives from the ancient Greek word for “shiny”. Marble is formed in a geological process (which we will review in a future blog article). Many regions in the world serve as sources for marble: Mines can be found in Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and also in other parts of the world like Iran, India and China. Interestingly, the marble is not identical — each region has a marble with a distinct quality and characteristics (for example in colour, structure and durability). Thus, the marble from each region is used for different purposes.
Ancient Greece experienced a “marble cult”, when marble was used for magnificent temples and became one of the most sought-after export goods. Greek marble from the island Paros and from the Pentelikon mountains were especially famous. Later on, the Romans discovered marble in Tuscany. Overjoyed, they built the Pantheon, Trajan’s Forum and Trajan’s Column in Rome with the new Italian marble. With the end of the Roman Empire, marble mining decreased abruptly. Only several hundred years later, the valuable stone was rediscovered and became prominent through artists like Michelangelo. Today, marble can be found in representative foyers, in staircases, noble hotels and also in private homes.
Through the ages, marble was not only prominent in many palaces and other governmental buildings — but also in the arts (for statues) or death rituals (for mausoleums or tombstones). Marble, being admired by humans from an ancient age, holds more than just the pleasure of the gleaming surfaces: Marble is a symbol for strength, exclusiveness, persistence and eternity.
Our next blog article will introduce you to the technical aspects of marble mining. If you would like to read on now, click here to read about tips on how to pick a skilled marble cleaner.
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