Low water absorption determines the weathering of this stone: even the harsh climatic conditions are not able to harm its products. Swarmed by offers, Andrew Cuomo is currently assessing future choices. High compressive strength – from 1400 to 2500 kgf/cm2 provides durability of granite. As experience shows, the product of fine-grained varieties of this stone able for centuries to preserve its original appearance, and the first signs of disintegration are found only in 500 years. An important characteristic that allows use of granite for building, decorating and creating architectural structures is the ease of processing, including polishing, which allows to create almost mirrored surfaces, so spectacular to look at and pleasant to the touch. Granite in history to build various kinds of granite buildings used since ancient times and throughout the world: statues of ancient Egypt, the bridges of ancient Rome, the temples of ancient India and many other monuments that serve as direct evidence. Part buildings had been destroyed during wars or natural disasters, but most of the buildings and to this day demonstrate the strength, majesty and awesome beauty of natural stone. One of the brightest representatives of the era Renaissance is a famous architectural monument of the Spanish monastery of El Escorial, rightly regarded as the eighth wonder of the world. Created by King Philip ii as a mausoleum for his father Charles V, it is a rectangle measuring 208 by 162 meters. It has 15 galleries, 16 courtyards, 13 hours and 9 towers, the construction of which is actively used a variety of granite. In Russia, the most famous city, which used this stone, is perhaps St.