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.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi, Vietnam
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is an important historical attraction of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. The embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh, a former Vietnamese revolutionary and President, is preserved in the cooled, central hall of the mausoleum. Visiting the Mausoleum is free of charge but involves strict regulations.
Bourguiba Mausoleum, Monastir, Tunisia
Opened in 1963, the Bourguiba Mausoleum is a monumental grave in Monastir, Tunisia, containing the remains of the former president Habib Bourguiba, the father of Tunisian independence. The building is flanked by two 25-m (82 ft) high minarets and topped by a golden dome between two green domes.
Jinnah Mausoleum, Karachi, Pakistan
Also known as Mazar-e-Quaid, the Jinnah Mausoleum is the final resting place of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Designed by a Mumbai based Indian architect Yahya Merchant, the mausoleum ranks among the most popular tourist sites in Pakistan, attracting about 10,000 visitors every day.
Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome, Italy
Located on the Piazza Augusto Imperatore in central Rome, the Mausoleum of Augustus is one of the important monuments in the city. The interior of the mausoleum consists of a square inner tomb, where the first Roman Emperor Augustus and his wife Livia are buried. It is a popular tourist site, although the inner tomb is not open to tourists.
Imam Husayn Shrine, Karbala, Iraq
Imam Husayn Shrine is the mosque and burial site of Al-Husayn ibn ‘Ali, the third Imam of Shia Islam, in the city of Karbala, Iraq. Famous for its lavish decorations, the tomb of Imam Husayn is one of the holiest places for Shi‘ites, outside of Mecca and Medina, and many make pilgrimages to the site.