Rosso ammonitico

Rosso ammonitico


1. Technical data

  • Name: Rosso ammonitico
  • Author: The Romans who lived in Tarraco
  • Date or period of formation: Jurassic period
  • Building or production material: Building rocks (limestones)
  • Dimensions:  Variable, depending on thir use
  • Origin: Several quarries spread across the North of Italy

2. More information

Purpose or use: It was massively used to build the main monuments in Verona like the Theatre and the Arena. Also used in the pavement of the ancient city. Also found in manyh other monuments in Venice, for example.

Description of their features: It’s a pink limestone depsited during the Jurassic period on the bottom of a tropical sea with plenty of organisms, mainly ammonites (a mollusc typical from that period).

Who loaded it and/or conserve: The Romans.

What technical contribution did it provide: Rosso ammonitico was a very useful building stone as it’s very resitant to erosion and weathering allowing thus the preserveation of such beautiful monuments

Who ordered it: The Romans.

How can you associate this material with other similar structures and historical ages and the societies to which it is viculated: It can be related to other monuments acroos the North of Italy (i.e. the San Marco cathedral in Venice).

How did it get to our days: Because of its resistance it has survived across the centuries with a good state of preservation.

What do we know about the authors: They were probably designed by architects and engineers and put in place by specialized workers.


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