Granite is one of the world’s most widely used natural stones and is in abundance throughout the continental crust. Due to its strength and hardwearing properties, Granite has long been used for construction. In fact, the first uses of granite can be dated back to the Ancient Egyptians, and to this day, it still remains an inherently popular stone. Incredibly versatile, it is frequently used in the construction of buildings, statues, monuments, and home features such as fire surrounds and kitchen worktops.
With all its unique properties, granite is famed for its enduring strength, long-lasting aesthetics and remarkable adaptability, much like these 5 famous granite features.
Mount Rushmore, one of the world’s most famous landmarks, is a granite construction of mammoth proportions. Carved into the south side of a mountain, the monument depicts the faces of four US Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. The piece was first started in 1927 by sculptor Gutzon Borglum and took a timely 14 years to complete. The process to create the 18m high heads consisted the removal of 450,000 tonnes of rock.
Avukana Buddha statue
Carved out of one large granite rock face, the Avukana standing statue of the Buddha is an impressive sight. Constructed during the 5th century, the statue is found near Kekirawa in North Central Sri Lanka and has a height of more than 40ft.
To keep the sculpture secure, a narrow strip of granite has been left at the rear, connecting it to the remaining rock face. It is considered to be one of the best examples of a standing statue of the Buddha from ancient Sri Lanka and remains a popular tourist attraction today.
The Colossal Red GraniteStatue of Amenhotep III
Now found in London’s British Museum, this ancient statue of the head of the 18th Dynasty Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep III was discovered in the temple enclosure of Mut at Karnak in Egypt by Giovanni Battista Belzoni and Henry William Beechey in 1817.
The statue was thought to be commissioned by King Amenhotep III himself, but its original origins remain unknown. Only two parts of the broken statue have been found: the head and one arm. Both made of red granite, the head reaches a notable 2.90m in height and the arm comes in at 3.30m long and terminates in a clenched fist.
Brihadisvara Temple, Thanjavur
Located in Thanjavur, India, the Brihadishvara Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, and is one of the largest South Indian temples of Dravidian architecture. Built from enormous chunks of granite, the Brihadisvara complex consist of gopura, the main temple, the vimana tower, and many inscriptions, frescoes, statues and shrines, all intricately carved from naturally occurring stone.
Constructed by Raja Raja Chola I between 1003 and 1010 AD, the temple complex covers 240.79 metres (790.0 ft.) east to west, and 121.92 metres (400.0 ft.) north to south, with the tallest point reaching 216 ft. Majestic and mesmerising, it is no wonder that the “Great Living Chola Temples” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Diana, Princess of Wales memorial fountain
Dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales, the fountain provides a fitting memorial for the princess and was designed to reflect her ‘inclusive’ personality. The impressive stone feature was made from 545 individual pieces of Cornish granite, which were cut using sophisticated technology-guided cutting machines.
The overall design consists of an oval stream bed about, roughly 165 by 260 ft. that is surrounded by, a lush grassy field. The granite bed itself is from 10 to 20 ft. wide, and is shallow enough to allow visitors to gently wade throughout its waters.
Why choose granite worktops?
Granite has many unique properties that make it the ideal investment for your worktops. Not only is it tough and durable, but It is also heat and scratch-resistant, meaning you won’t have to worry about placing hot pans on your granite worktops.
Due to its highly polished finished, granite worktops Surrey are resistant to bacteria and mould making them incredibly hygienic. The cooling properties of stone also make it excellent for rolling pastry, too! The only maintenance it requires is a simple wipe down with a non-abrasive cloth and washing up liquid so that it keeps its shine for a lifetime.
Here at Mole Valley Masonry we provide a unique range of services, producing exceptional creations from quality materials delivered by experienced masons. To get a quote on granite worktops in Surrey, please get in touch.