The production of natural stone dates back to four thousand years including the Greek civilization, the Roman and the Ottoman Empires. Natural stones were used in historical statues, monuments and architecture. Especially marble was used in the decoration of palaces, temples and other architectural structures by all civilizations of the land. One of the outstanding examples for these structures made of marble is the Temple of Artemis. Historical relics of the Hittites, Greeks and Romans such as arenas and amphitheaters; those of the Seljuk and Ottoman eras such as mosques, baths and fountains still can be seen thanks to the durability of the natural stones.
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