Belgian marble

Belgian marble is the name given to limestone extracted in Wallonia, southern Belgium.

It is quarried around the cities of Namur, Dinant, Tournai, Basecles, Theux, and Mazy/Golzinne. [1]

DescriptionEdit

The rock is actually not a true marble (a metamorphic rock), but a type of limestone (a calcareous sedimentary rock).

Belgian marbles are available in solid dark greys or blacks; and in polychroms of red, grey, and/or pink. [2] After polishing slabs with several colors exhibit natural decorative patterns.

Named selectionsEdit

Named Belgian marbles include:

HistoryEdit

Belgian marble has been quarried, cut, and finished as a building stone, stone cladding, and stone veneer since the Ancient Roman era, in Roman Gaul and Rome, such as in the Basilica of Junius Bassus.[1] It has been used in important European religious and secular buildings since the Renaissance, including the Palazzo Pitti and Palace of Versailles. [1]

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