Turkey Marble and Quarries
Everything you need to know about Marble and Quarries in Turkey!
The History Of Iscehisar Marble
Dokimeion is one of the oldest known names of Iscehisar, and this name has been used since the Hellenistic period. Although Synnada was a large settlement from these two military colonies where Macedonian soldiers were settled, Dokimeion was in the form of a village when it was first established.
The city, which was generally called Docimeium in the Roman period, experienced its brightest period at this time, and the city has been enriched and announced its reputation by working on marble quarries and workshops called “Synndin”.
In the reconstruction of Rome and the use of Dokimeion marbles in the Vatican, raw, semi-processed or fully processed marbles were sent to many important places of the Empire in Anatolia. In addition to being an important Christian center in the Byzantine period, Dokimeion gained an important place with its marble making and continued to work on marble quarries. In this period, the city was also famous for its marbles that it gave to the construction of the Hagia Sophia church.
The History of Denizli Travertine
Denizli Basin for more than two thousand years was the subject of different settlements during the Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk periods. Hierapolis (Pamukkale), Ancient cities such as Laodikeia, Tripolis, and Colossaeare the leading representatives of these settlements. This most common in the construction of historical buildings in ancient cities the building block used was travertine. Later, caravanserais were founded on important trade routes during the Anatolian Seljuk period in the 13th century.
In many parts of the Denizli Basin, common travertine formations are found. As well in Pamukkale, ancient cities are established very close to the travertine formations. A lot across the basin antique marble and travertine quarries have been found. Denizli travertine is a brand in the natural stone market.
The History of Mugla Marble Quarries
It is a city famous for Milas marbles in the first ages. The presence of marble quarries in Sodra, which is near the city, obtaining the materials required for construction, provided Mylasa to be equipped with many temples. Later, Mylasa came under the sovereignty of Rome and Milas borders became the widest in the Byzantine Period. It was under the control of the Turks from the second half of the 13th century. In 1923, with the declaration of the Republic, it became a district of Mugla province.
The most important marble reserve region in Mugla province is the Milas-Yatagan-Kavaklidere. This region, which lies to the south of the crystalline massif, is very important for the marble sector in the last 15 years. Mugla province ranks first in our country in the quarry business and in block marble production. In production, it comes second after Afyon. Approximately 2.5 million tons every year marble production is carried out. Marble quarries and facilities, Kavaklidere, Yatagan, and Milas districts and Bayir town of the central district on Mugla-Aydin highway.
The most important of these are Mugla White, Mugla sugar, Milas Leylak, Marbles called Milas Limon, Aegean Burgundy, and Yatagan Pink Dream.
Marble Production in Turkey
Turkey holds 5 billion cubic meters of marble reserves. Turkey alone is a country with 40% of the world’s marble potential. While the number of marble factories in the sector is only 1500 which is not sufficient.