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Sep 06

Stockett Staff

Famous Marble Monuments

by Stockett Staff

Not sure if marble is the right choice for your home? Read on to see how it was used in these famous monuments! 

Throughout history, marble has been used as a cultural symbol of regality and high class, from the renowned sculptures of the Greeks and Romans to the Taj Mahal and the Supreme Court Building.  

This is due to two reasons: the varied colors and beautiful tone of the stone, and the fact that it is relatively easy to carve. It is also used as a callback to the classical Greek and Roman time periods in countertops and floors. Let’s explore a few of the more famous marble monuments.  

The Taj Mahal 

The Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, ordered the Taj Mahal mausoleum built in 1632 for his deceased wife. The palace was not finished until 1643, although various parts of it were still being constructed for the 10 years after that.  

The Taj Mahal is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, given the intricate design work that went into its construction.  

But did you know that much of the Taj Mahal is crafted from marble? Makrana marble, to be exact. This is a high quality marble found in the mines of Makrana, a town in Rajasthan, India. Makrana does not need any treatment to be useable as a building material—it is cut and chiseled when mined. It was used most prominently in the domes and towers of the building. 

The United States Supreme Court Building 

Our nation’s Supreme Court Building is located in Washington D.C., just west of the United States Capitol. It was completed in 1935, although Chief Justice William Howard Taft had fought for the Court to have its own building separate from Congress as early as 1929. Unfortunately, he passed away prior to the building’s actual construction.  

Marble is used throughout the Supreme Court Building. This includes Georgian white marble for the inner courtyard and Alabaman white marble for the corridors and entrance halls. The outside of the building features a large amount of Vermont marble.  

The Washington Monument 

Also found in our nation’s capital of Washington D.C., the Washington Monument was constructed between 1848 and 1884 in memory of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The tallest stone structure in the world, it towers above the landscape just east of the Lincoln memorial at over 554 feet. 

Interestingly, the monument is made of three types of stone: marble, bluestone gneiss, and granite. There are three types of marble found within the structure. This is because of numerous interruptions to construction, form a lack of funds to a cancellation with one of the marble quarries. The three types of marble include Texas marble at the base, marble from Sheffield, Massachusetts after that, and a majority of marble mined in the Cockeysville Quarry in Maryland to finish the structure. 

Have any other questions about how you can use marble in your home? 

Here at Stockett Tile and Granite, we’re more than happy to answer any other questions you may have. We serve the Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona areas. Give us a call at 480-443-1988, or get in touch through our online contact form to schedule a commercial tile consultation. You can also visit our tile showroom in Phoenix, Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. 

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