The world’s most famous mausoleums are going to blow your mind! They are some of the most beautiful pieces of architecture that you will ever see. The word “mausoleum” derives from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus which was the grave of the King Mausolus, a prominent Persian ruler of the 4th century BC. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus was such a large, opulent and impressive structure that it became one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by successive earthquakes between the 12th and the 15th century so it cannot be admired anymore but over the course of time, hundreds of other stunning mausoleums have been built in many countries all over the world. Holding remains of kings, sultans, presidents, emperors and other important people, here are 25 Most Famous Mausoleums From Around The World.
Lenin's Mausoleum, Moscow, Russia
Located on the Red Square in the center of Moscow, the Lenin’s Mausoleum serves as the resting place of Vladimir Lenin, a famous Russian communist revolutionary and politician. Accessible to the public, the mausoleum is open daily from 10 am to 1 pm but is closed on Mondays and Fridays.
Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco
A masterpiece of modern Alaouite Dynasty architecture, the Mausoleum of Mohammed VI is easily recognizable by its white walls and green-tiled roof. The interior was finished in white marble. The mausoleum holds the remains of the Moroccan king Mohammed V and his two sons King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah.
Humayun's Tomb, Delhi, India
The resting place of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, the Humayun’s Tomb is a spectacular mausoleum in Delhi, India. Built in 1570, the tomb is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the iconic Taj Mahal.
Mausoleum of Hadrian, Rome, Italy
Also known as Castel Sant Angelo, the Mausoleum of Hadrian is a cylindrical building in Rome, Italy. It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle, and is now a museum.
Artigas Mausoleum, Montevideo, Uruguay
Holding the remains of the Uruguayan hero Jose Artigas, who is often referred to as “the father of Uruguay”, the Artigas Mausoleum is located in the middle of the Independence Square in Montevideo. Built in the 1930´s, the mausoleum is underneath the statue of Artigas.
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