In the sixteenth century lime-kilns were operated in the Forum Romanum, the Roman place of assembly and the site of the most splendid buildings grouped about the Capitol. The Roman temples were razed to provide stone for building-material. Pieces of marble were used indiscriminately by the popes to decorate their fountains. The Serapeum was blown to apart with gunpowder to get stone for embellishing the stables housing the stud-horses of an Innocent.For four centuries the Colosseum was used as a stone quarry. Even as late as 1860 Pius IX continued this work of destruction to obtain cheap decorative material for Christian building project.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Gods, Graves, & Scholars, by C.W. Ceram, Alfred A. Knopf 1956