Carrara marble is a type of white or blue-grey marble popular for use in sculpture and building decor. It is quarried in the city of Carrara in the province of Massa and Carrara in the Lumigan, the northernmost tip of modern-day Tuscany, Italy. Carrara marble was first used in the 17th and 18th centuries in Ancient Rome, the marble quarries were first found by the Coby and Malaspina families who ruled the Massa and Carrara by then. In 1564, the family officially created the office of marble to manage the marble mining industry. For the city of Massa, to make it one of the luxurious Italian country's capitals, the Carrara marble material was being used for roads, plazas, and buildings. After the extinction of the Coby-Malaspina family, the mining company was taking over by the house of Austria, The Basilica of Massa is built entirely of Carrara marble and the old Ducal Palace of Massa was used to showcase the precious stone
When it came to the end of the 19th century, Carrara had become a cradle of anarchism in Italy, among the quarry workers. The New York Times article has recorded in 1894, workers in the marble quarries were among the most neglected Laboure’s in Italy. The work at the quarries was so tough and that almost any aspirant worker with sufficient muscle and endurance was employed, regardless of their background. The quarry workers and stone carvers had radical beliefs that set them apart from others. Anarchism and general radicalism became part of the heritage of the stone carvers. Many violent revolutionists who had been expelled from Belgium and Switzerland went to Carrara in 1885 and founded the first anarchist group in Italy. In Carrara, the anarchist Galileo Pella remarked, “even the stones are anarchists.”
The Pantheon, a former Roman temple, now a Catholic church in Rome, Italy, it is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings, in large part because it has been in continuous use throughout its history and, since the 7th century, it was visited by over 6 million people.
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The Augusta fireplace mantel takes design inspirations from the neoclassical movement. The fireplace features beautiful carvings on its legs and mantel shelf, and decorative pieces for the frieze. Scalable sizes in 72"/66"/62" makes it perfect for large or small rooms.