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The artistic and technological advancements over the years have allowed for the discovery of many ornaments and pieces that contribute largely to the building of architectural masterpieces. Marble is a coveted stone and Carrara marble, gotten from Carrara in Italy, is viewed to be one of the expensive materials utilised within construction. Due to its greyish-blue or white colour, the Carrara marble is also highly attractive.

 The Carrara marble was one of the materials used in early Rome and the Parthenon, from which the “Elgin marbles” were gotten, was built with it. There are a lot of controversies as to where the name “Carrara” was derived. It is considered to have originated from the term “kar” meaning “stone”. To Saint Girolamo, Carrara was gotten from the word “car” meaning “wagons” and the word “iara” meaning “moon”, thus giving it the name “City of the Moon on Wagons”. It is also thought to be derived from a Latin word “carrariae” which means quarry.

Like other marble-like stones, Carrara marble is limestone which has undergone a process of metamorphosis. Limestone originates from beneath the Earth’s surface and crystallizes into marble when exposed to pressure and heat over a considerable period of time.

The extraction of the Carrara marble has evolved over the years. In the past, dynamite was used to blast large blocks and then they were carried to the plant to be cut and refined. Presently, thanks to technology, huge cutting machines are used to extract the marble from the quarry.

In art, the marble is used as a material for sculpture. “David”, one of Michelangelo’s renowned works was sculptured from Carrara marble.

In early Greece and Rome, the Carrara marble was utilised as an architectural material and is still being used today. The Amoco skyscraper, located in Chicago used to be made of this marble until it started crumbling.

In interior decoration, the Carrara marble is widely used as kitchen countertops and tiles. This is because the white marble is clean and has artistic virtues.

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