Through its use in architecture it has provided us with greater security, convenience, and a higher vision for millennia.
In Ancient times, without stone the Greeks would have never known the grandeur of the Parthenon. The builders of the Egyptian Pyramids would not have been able to manifest the sacred resting places for their departed pharaohs without their reserves of limestone and granite. Nor would the Great Wall of China have ever been able to protect the people of ancient China in the face of multiple neighboring threats. Without travertine the Ancient Romans would not have been able to construct the majestic coliseum, which is amongst the greatest works of architecture and engineering in history.
Examples of stones use in the formation of a society lie close to home as well. From the limestone fortifying the pillars and walls of the White House in Washington, DC to the marble shining up from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, stone has been an essential force in the construction of our nation. With its durability and endurance, and its grand range of aesthetic, civilizations have chosen stone for its power to decorate and to safeguard our religious, political, residential, and commercial architecture throughout the ages.