Sivec is the trademark of the dolomitic marble extracted from the quarries near the town of Prilep in Macedonia. The fine grain makes it ideal for sculpture and architectural applications.
The extraction of Sivec marble can be dated back 500 BCE and earlier. Extraction flourished under the Roman period when the quarries near the ancient city of Stibera (today Prilep) produced stone for the production of Roman sculptures, as well as replicas of Greek original bronzes. These replicas went to Rome or to other parts of the empire.
Through the centuries, Sivec was used for many building and reconstruction sites throughout the world. It was used for the reconstruction of Roman emperor Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Croatia. It has been also used by Edvard Ravnikar for lines at PreŇ°eren Square in Ljubljana, Slovenia.[1]
The marble-bearing deposits in the area are widely known and are among the largest in the world. The whiteness of the marble, its homogenous form, and the micro-granular structure generate a high demand for Sivec marble on the international market.
White Sivec, or Macedonian Bianco Sivec, is the commercial name for this fine-grained white dolomitic marble.
Nowadays, Sivec has been selected to give the characteristic, exclusive white appearance in many large well-known projects including hotels, palaces, commercial buildings, etc.