In the land of Anatolia, the first form of stones that are shaped by humans can be seen at the remains of Göbeklitepe, which is evidence of the first living humans on earth.
Türkiye’s geography has had various types, shapes, and colors of stones since the creation of the earth, due to various geological phenomena taking place over millions of years. Our country, which is situated over the Alpine-Himalayan belt, possesses 40% of the world’s natural stone reserves with over 600 different types of natural stones, an abundance of marble deposits with 300 various types of marble, and more than 200 different types of travertine and limestone. Throughout history, all those various types of natural stones inspired many civilizations. Marble, a precious natural stone extracted with great effort, has been the definition of luxury and sophistication since the times of the Roman Empire. All those natural stones turned out to be the fingerprints of humankind that were left for the next generation and can exist forever. Marble, also gave its name to cities like the Marmaris and the Marmara island, which is one of the first marble quarries in the world. Since 2000 BC Türkiye contains many antique quarries with high-quality stones that were used by many different civilizations over the centuries and are still active even today.