While travertine tiles are often used in modern building projects, this natural stone has been used in architectural designs for centuries. The fact that these structures remain largely intact today and still dazzle visitors with their gleaming stones is testament to its natural beauty and durability.
Take a look at a few examples of marvellous man-made and natural travertine structures that prove this stone will enhance your property for years!
1. Pamukkale / Hierapolis
Imagine blue thermal pools contrasting against a backdrop of enormous, brilliant white formations. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Pamukkale (which translates to “cotton castle”) – one of the most visited destinations in Turkey and unique geological phenomenon in the world.
Pamukkale’s surreal white travertine terraces and warm, mineral-rich pools hang like a petrified cascade. This tiered effect was formed when the hot springs’ water lost carbon dioxide as it flowed down the slopes, leaving deposits of limestone behind.
The beautiful geological formation neighbours the site of the remarkably well-preserved ruins of the Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis, made almost entirely from travertine. With such a unique combination of natural and man-made wonders, it’s no surprise that this popular destination is an internationally-known UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. The Colosseum
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Rome today, the Colosseum was the first permanent amphitheatre to be built in Rome. The size and grandeur of it also make it one of the greatest architectural achievements of the ancient Romans. It has tiered seats for 50,000 spectators, who would go to watch events such as gladiatorial combats, and much of the structure was made from stone, concrete and travertine. While some features of this awe-inspiring building have faded over time, the travertine piers and arcades remain largely intact.
3. Basilique du Sacre Coeur
Finished in 1914, the Sacre Coeur is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris, and features a Romano-Byzantine triple domed design, soaring ceilings and intricate mosaic details. The church’s exterior was built of Château-Landon stone – a type of travertine that bleaches to a gleaming white over time when in contact with rain. From the dome, over 200 metres above the River Seine, one can see the surrounding countryside for 50 kilometres. It is the highest point in Paris after the Eiffel Tower.
Here at the Natural Stone Warehouse we are proud to stock some of the purest travertine Malta has to offer. Not only do we deliver our own products, but we also install them – so feel free to consult our team for any advice regarding cleaning and maintenance.
If you’re looking for providers of natural stone in Malta to beautify your home, look no further than the Natural Stone Warehouse!