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Must-see classic mausoleums

Must-see classic mausoleums

The concept of the mausoleum has been around since ancient times and they are constantly evolving. Modern mausoleums showcase a bunch of styles but today we’ll be taking a look at the must-see classic mausoleums that you might want to visit during your trips around the world.

The Pantheon – Rome, Italy

One of the best-preserved Roman buildings, this famous temple dedicated to the gods is the site of the royal tombs, housing the remains of King Umberto I and the artist Raphael. Nearby you can also find the Mausoleum of Augustus which holds the remains of the Roman Emperor Augustus.

The Pantheon – Paris, France

Modeled after the Roman Pantheon but with a very distinct French twist. Initially a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, it was remodeled for royal interment. Most notable French people entombed at the site, you’ll vind Voltaire, Emile Zola, Luis Braille and Marie Curie.

Musashi Imperial Graveyard – Tokyo, Japan

The imperial complex in Tokyo is the site of mausolea for four royals: Tiaho Emperor, Empress Teimei, the Showa Emperor Hirohito and Empress Kojun. The graveyard is located in Hachioji, a place with an old imperial history and has been an important commuter junction since medieval times.

The Egyptian Pyramids – Cairo, Egypt

We can’t write about classic and must-see mausoleums without talking about possibly the most well known crypts on the planet, the Egyptian Pyramids. The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancietn World but tehre are loads of other pyrcamids near Cairo housing the remains of a bunch of kings and queens.

Anitkabir – Ankara, Turkey

This is the Turkish memorial tomb of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey. The site took nine years to build and features four main parts, one of which – the Peace park containing 50,000 decorative trees, flowers and shrubs.

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