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History of the Roman Travertine
At the time of the Romans, the travertine was so prized that it was considered "the stone of ancient Rome".
It was called "Lapis Tiburtinus" and was transported by sea and land.
Between the second and third century BC, travertine was the natural stone of Roman architecture.
The Romans extracted millions and millions of cubic meters of the area called "Tiburtina".
It was used in the foundations, like support walls and in the supporting structures, columns, arcs, etc.
It was used in the great public works at the service of the community, works that evoke the great civic sense of ancient Rome, the city gates, aqueducts, fountains, buildings destined to the spectacles and much more.
In the middle of the first century BC, the Roman Travertine acquired its moment of glory through new forms of expression.
In the Flavian Amphitheater, in the Roman Coliseum, in the Palatini Palaces and in Villa Adriana and until the thermal architecture.
Afterward, the quarries were closed for a long period.
In the middle of the fifteenth century, the quality of the Travertine stone began to be appreciated again. The Roman travertine is the stone par excellence in the architecture of the 400 and in the papal constructions.
The pontificate of Sixtus IV constitutes the period after so many centuries in which Rome begins to be "the city of the travertine".
Every important building, religious or civil, public or private should especially display the façades, constructive elements made with Roman Travertine.
The consumption of the travertine was enormous and the old quarries of Tivoli were again opened, from where the best stone was extracted.
The steps of "Plaza de Espana", "Piazza Navona" and "Fontana di Trevi" where you can see in all magnificence the marriage between the water and the Roman travertine.
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Surface finishes of Roman travertine.
Roman travertine blocks can be cut in two directions.
In one of them, the slabs obtained will present their characteristic veins aligned in parallel form and for that reason is usually called, Roman Travertine to the vein or Roman Travertine Vein cut.
Cutting the block in the direction of the veins, the slabs thus obtained do not present the streaks oriented in any sense and are usually called Roman Travertine to the water or Travertino Romano crosscut.
The Roman Travertine is a very noble and versatile material, it can be used both in architecture and sculptures, it is malleable, resistant, allowed to cut, shine and shine very well, it can be used for both exterior and interior.
Its surface has pores and therefore is easily recognizable.
The travertine of better quality is the clear tone, is travertine of cream color clear with its small pores and for that same reason it is very compact travertine.
Its surface can be left to the natural state, that is to say to "open pore" rustic, without shine or to "open pore" honed, that is not bright.
You can also fill your pores with cement or mastic mixed with pigments of the same color of the stone and then after the surface is well dried it can shine matt or shine to mirror, as the image of the slab you see above.
It can also be given an aging finish, covering its pores with cement and then brushing the surface with mechanical brushes that give it that old look.
Highly appreciated in architecture is the silver travertine, with its streaks oriented in parallel grayish, allows to make coatings maintaining this parallelism.
Of import, we also have the yellow travertine and the travertine red Persian.
The same considerations have been made before, and the last two, red and yellow travertine, combine very well with the cream color Travertine Roman Light to beautify all the environments where they want to use.
The classic Roman travertine, is of medium tone, beige, slightly darker than the light Roman travertine and is the most common.
There is a travertine of a lighter hue, almost white bone color and is the Navona travertine.
And there is also a darker travertine, the walnut travertine used in moderation, combined with the light Roman travertine or with the classic Roman travertine allow to create beautiful environments.
Technical Data of Roman Travertine
Flexural strength Uni En 12372
Roman Light Travertine, Classic 11,3 MPa
Roman White Travertine 10,8 MPa
Roman Alabastrino Travertine 9,0 MPa
Roman Silver Light Travertine 12,5 MPa
Roman Silver Dark Travertine 12,5 MPa
Resistance to ice and thaw Uni EN 12372
Roman Light Travertine, Classic 5,6 MPa
Roman White Travertine 7,4 MPa
Roman Alabastrino Travertine 4,5 MPa
Roman Silver Light Travertine 8,3 MPa
Roman Silver Dark Travertine 8,3 MPa
Slip resistance Uni EN 1341
Roman Light Travertine, Classic 65
Roman White Travertine 64
Roman Alabastrino Travertine 65
Roman Silver Light Travertine 63
Roman Silver Dark Travertine 63
Abrasion resistance Uni EN 1341
Roman Light Travertine, Classic 25
Roman White Travertine 26,80
Roman Alabastrino Travertine 27,20
Roman Silver Light Travertine 21,4
Roman Silver Dark Travertine 21,4
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