Some of the oldest and most significant pieces of architecture in our world today are pieces constructed through masonry. Masonry has been chosen by architects and builders for its beauty, versatility, and durability. Masonry is resistant to fire, earthquakes, and sound and can withstand the normal wear and tear for centuries.
The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
The Colosseum in Rome, Italy is an iconic piece of Imperial Rome. In 80 AD when it was completed it could hold 50,000-80,000 spectators for famous gladiatorial games. Over the past hundred years of natural erosion, the Colosseum is one of the most popular tourist sites in Rome and remains the most impressive piece of architecture of Roman work and engineering.
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
The Taj Mahal is one of the eight wonders of world located in Agra, India. The breath taking white marble structure was built by a man honoring his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is built entirely of stunning white marble and completed in 1623 C.E. The architectural design uses an interlocking arabesque concept, in which each element stands on its own and perfectly integrates with the main structure.
The Pyramids Ciaro, Egypt
The earliest known ancient pyramids can be found in Saqqara and right out side of Ciaro Egypt. The purpose of these enormous masonry structures were as tombs for the Pharaohs and their consorts. As of 2008 there are 138 pyramids discovered in Egypt and how ancient Egyptians constructed them remains a mystery among historians and architects. The estimate of the number of workers to build the pyramids range from a few thousand, twenty thousand, and up to 100,000. These structures are the oldest monumental masonry structures.
Whether a mason is working with brick, block, or stone, and regardless of the level of craftsmanship, the skill and precision of the mason can never be replaced by any machine available even today, these famous and historical works are proof of just that.