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Carrara and its quarries in the writing of Emanuele Repetti
On the Apuan Alps time seems to stand still: since the time of Julius Caesar (48-44 BC) the extraction of marble keeps being the activity that characterizes the region and shapes the men and the environment.
The quarries have been known since ancient times and they still provide high quality marble, which is processed and exported around the world; that's why Carrara can be considered with full rights "the capital of marble".
Its extraction fields are well defined, known and classified since the beginning of the nineteenth century in the works by Emanuele Repetti, an academic of Georgofili, who gave us extraordinary historical documents relating to Carrara and its quarries.
In the Physical historical gazetteer of Tuscany, published in 1833, there is a description of "all the places of the Grand Duchy", the Dukedom of Lucca, Garfagnana and Lunigiana.
Repetti carries on a topographical, statistical and historical investigation in archives and libraries and provides a complete overview, full of anecdotes, about towns and cities.
The Magra river for centuries has been considered a natural border between Tuscany and Liguria and the Carrara area that extends from the Apuan Alps to the coast is set between "the degree 27°46' of longitude and 44°5' of latitude".
According to Repetti, the name Carrara does not derive from the unpaved road that runs through the city, called Carrareccia, but from its quarries (carrières in French), that writers used to call Carrariae.
The origin of Carrara is determined “at the time of the first processings of the Lapidicine from Luni, as the most central point in the quarries, the meeting and living place for many workers, managers or other employees of the Imperial Treasury, on behalf of which in the early centuries of the Roman Empire the quarries of the mountains of Luni were dug and administered. The Gazetteer continues with the story of the good luck of Luni's marble in the Roman Empire, the dark years of the Middle Ages and its revival through the works of the Pisano brothers. The presentation of the territory ends with the description of the most important marble fields and a synopsis of the quarries which shows their numbering at the time.
Earlier, Repetti, in 1820, had already written another essay on Carrara and its marble, with the title Accounts about the Apuan Alps and the Carrara marbles.
The academic was so fascinated and intrigued by this area close to the mountains that he made a geological research that leads to the definition of a path among the quarries: "Having been recently in Carrara, the desire to know that piece of land suggested to me the idea of making a few trips into those famous quarries; thus, following my curiosity more than my strength, I wanted to go over the mountains that surround the rocks of marble relying close on them, with the mind to find out their structure".
The places and the stones are told with such a precision and a wealth of details that the reading becomes a journey through the mountains and makes us discover the characteristics of the marbles extracted there.
The Duchess Maria Beatrice d'Este and the Betogli quarries.
Ancient techniques of cutting.
The quarry of Poggio Silvestre provides materials for the construction of major projects in Europe.
The construction of Marble Railway is ended.
The tall ships which transported the marble.
From Staminalstone's archives "Il Marmista" by Aldo Scarzella.
Staminalstone begins its history
Aldo Vanelli
buys the quarry 67 Zona Mossa.
Staminalstone acquires the quarry 66 Poggio Silvestre.
Staminalstone marbles are used in luxury and design applications.
Inauguration of Staminalstone China headquarter in Xiamen.
Marble from Staminalstone quarries is used for the construction of Stone Gate.