KARACHI: A massive wall of green tiles is decorating the walls of the Vatican in the heart of the Holy City in the holy city of Karbala.
The Vatican says it will keep the walls green as part of its efforts to combat the spread of infectious diseases, but some experts say the green walls are not as clean as the traditional green marble, and are likely to be more visible.
“I think the green is more visible and more colorful, the way the Vatican has designed them,” said Antonio Vinciguerra, an expert in architectural style and materials at the University of São Paulo.
“You have a green mosaic, but in terms of color, it is more gray and it is less green.”
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the wall was the result of a decision to keep the wall green as a way to create a better environment for pilgrims and visitors.
In 2009, a massive, 1.8 million-square-meter (11.5 million-foot) wall in the city of Khost, south of the capital, collapsed, killing at least 29 people and injuring dozens more.
It has been the subject of criticism for being overly busy with tourists, particularly during the monsoon season, but Lombardi dismissed the criticism as “ridiculous.”
“We’ve always kept the walls white, but this is the first time we have made them green,” he said.
“The green is the new white.
The new color will make us a better city.”
The wall is the biggest and longest in the Vatican, and is one of the few examples of a wall that can be seen in the modern world.
Its green marble is made of a single piece of concrete, and its exterior is covered with layers of white marble.
The walls, which were created in the 19th century, are made of four layers: the original blue marble, the yellow marble, a green tile mosaic, and a green floor.
A yellow tile mosaic is placed over a red tile, which makes up the remaining three layers.
Lombardi said that because the Vatican’s wall is a walled structure, its floor is also a wall.
Villa dei Vaticani, a museum in Rome, said the Vatican was using the wall to attract visitors.
“It’s a unique wall, and one that has attracted a lot of visitors in the past,” she said.
An interior photo shows a red mosaic on a green wall.
Source: Vatican via Reuters