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Parliament Palace

The Palace of the Parliament has a total area of 330,000 square meters, joined in the Guinness Book at Administrative Buildings Chapter on the 2nd place in the world after the Pentagon - the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, and in terms of volume with a total of 2,550,000 cubic meters on the 3rd place in the world after the space shuttle vehicle assembly building from Cape Canaveral in Florida and after the Teotihuacan pyramid - Quetzalcoatl the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, in Mexico. For comparison, it may be mentioned that this building exceeds 2% volume Cheops pyramid in Egypt, and therefore some sources characterized this building as a "pharaonic" one. The Palace of the Parliament has used Romanian Ruschita marble as the main material for interior and exterior decorations. To achieve this impressive building were used over one million (1.000.000 m3) cubic meters of marble.

Parliament palace

Marble legend

The superior quality of Romanian marble from Ruschita ranks her among the best in the world and she can be found used in many of the representative buildings all over the world. Considered the second largest Roman Catholic building in the world, Duomo di Milano - the cathedral of Milan, the city's iconic building, dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente is one of the most famous buildings and complexes in the world, a mixture of late Gothic French Gothic and Renaissance, was restored in the 70’s with Romanian Ruschita marble. Hungarian sculptor István Ferenczy (1772-1856) was the first one who drew attention to Romanian Ruschita marble outstanding qualities, which he compared with Carrara marble. Johann Biebel (1817-1900), a well-known building engineer from Banat – Romanian historical province, began operations in Ruschita marble quarry in 1883, becoming the first owner of the quarry, which named it as “The Magyar Carrara". After the death of Johann Biebel, his son Janos, one of the architects of the Eiffel Tower, continued marble quarrying, so that in 1912 Ruschita marble had to be exported to 12 countries. In the three episodes of “Marble Legend”, the Romanian Ruschita marble is revealed us step by step.


Marble legend

Travertine legend

Geoagiu and Carpinis are the only active travertine quarries from Romania. Among the works performed with this natural stone remember famous sculptures by the great Constantin Brancusi, Romanian-born sculptor: "The Silence Table”, "The Kiss Gate” in Targu Jiu city and “The Triumphal Arch” in Bucharest city. In the episode “Travertine Legend” we can discover Romanian travertine, the uses and qualities.

Travertine legend

Andesite legend

The Pietroasa Andesite stone quarry is located in the southwest of the city of Deva - the administrative center of Hunedoara district, covering an area of 8.5 ha. The history of this quarry can be traced back till 30’s, when the quarry provides the building material, carved block stones, for the city buildings. After the war, the same types of carved block stones were used to build tunnels in the Jiu Valley gorge (Bumbesti - Livezeni). In the episode “Andesite Legend” we discover a natural stone, with exceptional features, which is used to a wide range of construction works.

Andesite legend
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