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It is common knowledge that marble has a beautiful appearance and is likely one of the greatest investments a homeowner can make.

Nevertheless, there are a great many additional characteristics of this natural stone that are interesting and deserve your attention. Learn some fantastic marble facts today.

Marble Facts 1-12

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1. Some of the pyramids in Egypt are made of marble. A long time ago, many Egyptian pyramids used to be bright white.

Pyramid builders utilized white marble stone for bigger pyramids and beige marble for lesser pyramids.

In the past, Egyptian temples were even decorated with marble blocks.

But during the time of the caliphate, marble stones were taken away to build mosques.

2. The Taj Mahal in India is made out of marble stone from top to bottom.

The Taj Mahal is a tomb made of marble that sits next to the Yamuna River.

The tomb is the most important part of the whole building. It’s a big building made of white marble that stands on a square base.

3. One of the most interesting things about marble is that it doesn’t keep heat.

Unlike concrete and wood, which soak up and hold heat, stone doesn’t get hot.

In hot places, marble is used to naturally cool the inside of buildings.

4. Marble does not cause allergies – Because marble is dense and doesn’t have many pores, it doesn’t cause allergies.

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Marble doesn’t gather allergens like dust and animal dander as carpets do.

Because of this, many people with allergies choose marble for their homes.

5. The stone’s name comes from the way it shines. Marble is well-known for how well it works.

The Greek word “marmar,” which means “to shine,” is where the word “marble” comes from.

6. Marble is one of the hardest stones in the world. On the Mohs scale, it has a rating of 2.5 to 5.

When it comes to how hard the material is, it’s above average.

Because of this, some marble buildings in some parts of the world have stood for thousands of years.

7. Marble never stops changing. Even after it has been cut, polished, and put in place, it is still a metamorphic rock.

Even after they are built out of marble and put in your home, marble structures continue to change.

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Structures made of marble react and change because of the acidic elements and minerals in hard water and very hot conditions.

Because of this, most of the marble in your home has a sealant put on it.

8. Marble is easy to take care of because it is a stone with few holes.

Most surfaces in your home will be damaged by water, but marble won’t be one of them.

Compared to most other surfaces, marble is easy to clean and take care of.

Polishing marble can make the stone last longer and make it even easier to keep clean over time.

9. Marble comes in a lot of different colors. Even though marble is naturally white, clay and mineral deposits can give it a lot of different colors.

You can also cut it into almost any shape you want. Because of this, marble is one of the most useful building materials on the market right now.

10. A lot of people don’t know that marble is used for more than just building.

In fact, fine marble powder has been used by many different cultures to make toothpaste and glue.

Marbles that are used as toys were first made from marble stone.

But because natural marble stone is so expensive, they are now made of glass.

11. No two marble slabs will have the same pattern. 

12. In the past, the color of a piece of marble made it easy to figure out where it came from.

Marble Facts 13-24

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13. Since ancient times, people have been carving figures out of marble and using it to construct floors.

14. When marble is too expensive to use, plaster fresco has been used instead.

15. Most marble starts out as either limestone or dolomite.

16. The most important parts of marble are calcite, dolomite crystals, and aragonite.

17. Marble is often found with other types of metamorphic rock, like gneiss and mica schist.

18. Most of the time, marble is found in the oldest parts of the Earth’s crust.

19. Limestone, which is a sedimentary rock, is what marble is made of.

20. Marble can be found in India, the United States of America, Italy, Spain, Greece, and Turkey among other places.

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21. The 2013 Guinness Book of World Records says that Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, has the whitest marble buildings of any city in the world.

22. Some other stones that can be polished well are also called “marble.”

23. Marbles are small, round toys that are usually made of glass, clay, steel, plastic, or agate.

24. Renaissance artists tried to improve on the classics, but they were surprised by how well the ancient Greeks and Romans understood beauty.

Michelangelo thought it was smart that his ancestors made sculptures out of marble because the pure white stone looks so elegant.

He didn’t know that these statues had been painted in bright colors, but that the colors had worn off over time.

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