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Pieces Of History: Mausoleums Around The Globe

Date 17 Sep 2015 | Posted by Linda Paul


If you’re into history – as well you should be, given the fascinating past the earth has, all civilizations combined – you’ll get a much more fulfilling travel experience. The majority of impressive tourist attractions have been built in the past – a tribute to the feats of ancient engineering. In this article we look at famous mausoleums around the globe.

Tomb of Cyrus

The tomb of Cyrus the Great who was the founder and ruler of the Persian Empire in the 6th century BC, is the most important monument in Pasargadae which is in modern day Iran. When Alexander looted Persepolis he paid a visit to this tomb and found a gold coffin and other impressive ornaments.

Lenin Mausoleum

The resting place of Vladimir Lenin in Moscow. Lenin’s embalmed body has been on public display since 1924. Talking or smoking is not allowed within the tomb nor are taking photos. Special precautions and treatment is done to Lenin’s body throughout the year to keep it preserved.

Humayun’s Tomb

The second Mughal Emperor’s tomb was commissioned by his wife. It was the first garden tomb of its kind in that time in the Indian subcontinent and thus set an example for later tombs and Mughal architecture. Located in Delhi, the mausoleum drew inspiration from Persian architecture. It is 154 feet high and the outer layer of the double dome has a white marble exterior. The 30 acre Persian style garden surrounds the tomb, the latter having taken 8 years to build.

Tomb of Jahangir

This famous mausoleum is located in Lahore, Pakistan, and was built 10 years after the death of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. It has 4, 30 meter high minarets and is located within a walled garden. The interior is embellished with frescoes and colored marble. The interior of the mausoleum is an elevated sarcophagus of white marble, the sides of which are wrought with flowers of mosaic. Definitely one of the most impressive mausoleums around the globe.

Imam Hussein Shrine

The Shrine of Hussein ibn ‘Ali is located within the city of Karbala Iraq. It houses the site of the grave of Hussein ibn’ Ali near the place where he was martyred in the Battle of Karbala. One of the holiest places for Shia Muslims, it sees thousands of people every year, the majority of whom come to make a pilgrimage to this holy site. It is a truly impressive structure.

Castel Sant’Angelo

The Mausoleum of Hadrian is more commonly known as Castel Sant’Angelo and is a mammoth cylindrical building in Rome. It was made by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The emperor’s ashes were placed there after his death as well those his wife Sabina and his first adopted son. Other subsequent emperors were also given a place there the last one being Caracalla. It is now a museum.

These are just some of the famous mausoleums around the globe, you can visit these as well as many others.

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