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Ara Pacis

Ara Pacis Augustae

Date opened: 9 BC Location: Rome, Italy Architectural style: Ancient Roman Architecture Material: Marble Ara Pacis, which is also known as Ara Pacis Augustae (Latin for “Altar of the Augustan Peace”) is a shrine consisting of a marble altar which is enclosed by walls. This was erected on January 30th, 9 BC in Rome’s Campus […]

The Life of Natural Stone

Life of Natural Stone

The Life of natural stone What is natural stone? It is a stone that is dug up from the earth and is mainly quarried from a mountainous ground. There are many types of natural stones, including slate, granite, limestone, basalt, quartzite, marble, sandstone and travertine etc. The aesthetics and characteristics of natural stone are defined […]


Hierapolis / Pamukkale

Founded: 2nd century B.C. Abandoned: 14th century A.D. Location: Southwestern Anatolia Periods: Roman Republican to High Medieval Material: Marble, travertine, calcite alabaster, and polychromatic breccia Hierapolis is the ancient Greek Holy City, surrounded by the unreal landscape of Pamukkale in southwestern Anatolia. It is referred to as Holy City in archaeological terms due to the abundance of […]

U.S. Supreme Court

US Supreme Court

Date built: 1935 Location: Washington, D.C. Architect: Cass Gilbert Built under: Chief Justice Hughes Material: Marble The United States Supreme Court building also referred to as the ‘Marble Palace’ by John P. Frank, was designed based on the Roman temple form. The tall Corinthian columns that are reached by a grand flight of stairs gives […]

Travertine – vein-cut and cross-cut


Travertine is one of the most popular natural stones used for many building and construction purposes including roofing, flooring, stonework, wall covering, cladding and a variety of bath designs. As a versatile and multifaceted natural stone, travertine is available in two classic variations, namely the vein-cut and the cross-cut. Travertine Classic Vein-cutThe travertine vein-cut has […]

The Colosseum in Rome

Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Date built: 70 – 72 AD Dimensions: 189m (long side) and 156m (short side), 48m high Base Area: 24,000m2 Perimeter: 545m Capacity: 50,000 – 70,000 (90,000) people Built for: Vespasian Material: Travertine The Colosseum is a Roman Architectural Marvel, commissioned by Emperor Vespasian as a gift for his people of Rome. It was officially opened […]

Travertine for outdoors terraces

Travertine Outdoors

Travertine, a form of limestone, is a natural stone formed by the precipitation of calcium carbonate in mineral springs (alkaline waters), which makes it a sedimentary rock. While many mistake it for a type of marble, the key difference lies in the formation of the stone (marble being a metamorphic rock) and hardiness. Deposits of […]

Travertine vs. marble tiles for outdoor areas

Marble Travertine Tiles

With a rustic charm that is hard to resist, Travertine is a natural stone that is classified as a type of limestone that builds around mineral spring deposits. The natural splendour of Travertine comes in several earthy tones and is easily polished, honed or applied with a tumbled finish to enhance its quality further. While […]