Published : 12/10/2018 15:58:21
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Stone is a naturally occurring material formed by the accumulation of minerals which contributes to the colour, looks, and characteristics of different types of stones. The structure of the stone is often altered by the natural conditions, such as high pressure and temperature which results in crystallisation of the existing minerals. Stone formation process is a very slow process and often takes millions of years. The main characteristics of stones such as high durability, aesthetics, and low maintenance, resulted in natural stone becoming the main construction material since the early Roman empire. In this article, we introduce five of the world’s most memorable stone structures.
It is an ancient, famous Italian infrastructure located in the centre of the city of Rome, the capital of Italy. The Colosseum is widely recognised as the largest amphitheatre built in the history, capable of holding approximately 50 000 to 80 000 spectators. In its old days, the Colosseum was mainly used for holding gladiator fighting contests and could attract an average of 65,000 audiences on each occasion. The entire Colosseum was built from natural stone blocks, mainly large blocks of Travertine which contribute to the aesthetics of this glorious structure.
The Great Pyramid of Giza
The Great Pyramid is located in Giza, Egypt. The construction of this magnificent stone structure is believed to have been finished in 2560 BC, with more than 2.3 million blocks of natural stone used in building the great pyramid. The great pyramid, which is also one o the Seven Wonders of the modern world, is a fully natural stone structure. Limestone and Granite make up most parts of the pyramid. This humongous stone structure is standing tall today after nearly 4500 years from the day it was built.
Taj Mahal is a famous natural stone structure in the Indian city of Agra. The name Taj Mahal is translated into “Crown of The Palace” in English. This magnificent building is recognised today as one of the seven wonders of the world. The Construction of Taj Mahal began upon the death of the Mughal emperor’s third wife and in the honour her memory. Upon its finish, Taj Mahal became the house of her tomb. Taj Mahal’s stunning exterior is driven by the unmatchable beauty of white marble. moreover, the mausoleum is highly influenced by Indo – Islamic architecture developed by the Mughals in the 16th, 17th, and 18th century. Taj Mahal shortly became an Indian icon right after the end of its construction, and still draws the attention of tourists across the world.
The White House
The White House is the workplace and the official residence of the president of the United States located in Washington D.C. The construction of the white house initially started in 1792. Ever since the building has undergone numerous reconstructions and expansions. The white house is a stunning stone structure at the first glance, designed by the Irish architect James Hoban using Aquia Creek Sandstone which was chosen due to its availability, ability to be curved easily, and aesthetics not to mentions its durability. Not only was The Aquia Creek Sandstone used in the construction of the exterior of the Whitehouse, but its most persisting applications were as interior decorative elements.
The Washington Monument is another memorable natural stone structure located in Washington DC, USA. The monument is a 170-meter obelisk built to honour the memory of George Washington, the first president of the United States and the commander in chief of the continental army. construction phase began in 1848 and lasted for 36 years before the structure was completed, mainly due to lack of funds and the intervention of the American civil war. Washington monument is an outstanding natural stone structure constructed with over 36 000 blocks of marble. the shading of the marble used in construction alters from 46 meters upwards which indicates a pause in the construction process which was later resumed with marble from a different quarry.
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