There are many great examples of masonry all over the world; some from thousands of years ago whilst others have been recently built.

These examples show the durability of brickwork:


Colosseum – The Colosseum shows the durability of  masonry since it was left unattended for centuries. It was completed over 2,000 years ago and built using 100,000 cubic meters of travertine marble and 300 tons of iron anchors. Additionally, the Colosseum had 80 arched entrances which allowed 55,000 spectators into the amphitheatre. Although erosion has taken its toll on the building, the structure is still standing, allowing millions of tourists to visit per year. When the Colosseum was in its prime, gladiator battles were held for the entertainment of the spectators.

Great Wall of China –  The Great Wall of China is one of the longest man-made structures on earth. It is 5,500 miles long and it stretches across North China from east to west as well as 15 provinces. The wall was made in the 3rd century BC using earth and wood and over time, the building material changed to brick and rice flour was used to bind it together. The wall was eventually completed during the 17th Century.  

Pyramids – The Egyptian Pyramids in Cairo are one of the earliest known examples of stone masonry. They were built 4,000 years ago. Over time, masonry evolved from mud bricks to sun-baked clay bricks.

Taj Mahal – The Taj Mahal is known as one of the wonders of the world. It was made with soft white marble and detailed with many different stones. It was created in 1623 to honour Mumtaz Mahal. To give you an idea of the complexity of the Taj Mahal, it took 22 years and 20,000 builders. Bricks were made locally to use on the interior walls. The marble for the construction was carried from Makrana for 400 km. It is still in excellent condition, which shows how durable masonry really is.

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