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.
Grant´s Tomb, New York City, New York, US
Formally known as the General Grant National Memorial, the Grant´s Tomb is the final resting place of President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia. The largest mausoleum in North America, it testifies to a people’s gratitude for the man who ended the American Civil War and strove to heal the nation in post-war years.
National Pantheon of Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela
Located in the old town of Caracas, the National Pantheon of Venezuela was originally built as a church but is now used as a mausoleum. In 1874, President Antonio Guzmán Blanco decreed the transformation of the church into a National Pantheon to conserve the remains of the heroes of Independence and those of eminent people.
Pantheon, Paris, France
Situated in the Latin Quarter of Paris, the Pantheon was originally built as a church but after many changes now combines liturgical functions with its role as a famous burial place. An early example of Neoclassicism with a facade modeled after the Pantheon in Rome, it holds the remains of many famous French people such as Voltaire, Rousseau, Hugo, Zola and others.
Qianling Mausoleum, Qian County, China
Dating back to the 7th century, the Qianling Mausoleum houses the tomb of the ancient Chinese Emperor Gaozong and his Empress Wu Zetian of the Tang Dynasty. It occupies a prominent site on the summit of the Liangshan Hill approximately 80 km (50 mi) northwest of the former Tang capital Chang’an (today’s Xi’an).
Great Pyramid of Giza, Giza, Egypt
The Egyptian pyramids are also a type of mausoleum. The Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu), for example, was the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,000 years (until the Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889). The pyramid contains burial chambers where the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Khufu and his family rest.