Il Granito della Colonna

Among all the Roman quarries of the Eastern Desert of Egypt, the whereabouts of the quarry of the Granite of the Column has, until today, remained almost unknown. However in the first half of the last century, the erudite Roman collector and lawyer Francesco Belli, already describes this stone with its pale grey to almost white colour and with large, oblong, black streaks due to crystal sections of amphibole hornblende that are unequally spread throughout.

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