10 of the Most Popular Tombs in the World

By | April 1, 2017

Famous tombs

There are many famous tombs in the world which deserve a visit at least once in lifetime because of their architectural beauty or because of the reasons why they have been built. People throughout the history do different rituals when a person dies, some show respect by burning the dead and sometimes people bury the dead in complex and ornate tombs. Below is the list of some famous tombs in the world which are listed in popular tourist attractions as well

Tomb of Cyrus

Tomb of Cyrus

Tomb of Cyrus is the most important monument in Iran and is dedicated to Cyrus who was the ruler and founder of Persian Empire in 6th century BC. It is located in the royal park at Pasargadae.

Lenin’s Mausoleum

Lenins-Mausoleum

This tomb is situated in Red Square in Moscow’s center. The mausoleum is currently the resting place of Vladimir Lenin and his dead body is still on public display from 1924 shortly after his death. Lenin’s corps is kept at a temperature of 16 °C and humidity 80-90 percent. Moreover visitors are not allowed to talk and smoke in the tomb and after every 18 months the corpse is removed and undergoes for a chemical bath.

Shah-i-Zinda

Shah-i-Zinda

It is one of the famous mausoleums in Central Asia; it is situated in the north-eastern part of Uzbekistan. This mausoleum has 3 groups of structures which are connected by four arched dome passages. The name Shah-i-Zinda means the living King and it is connected with the legend Kusam ibn Abbas who was the cousin of the prophet Muhammad. It is said that he is still living in the deep well where he took his head after getting beheaded.

Castel Sant’Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo

It is also known as the mausoleum of Hadrian and it is a towering cylindrical building in Rome. This castle was once the tallest building in Rome and it was commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian for himself and his family as a mausoleum.

Tomb of Jahangir

Tomb of Jahangir

This tomb of Jahangir is a mausoleum built from 1605-1627 for Mughal Emperor Jahangir. This mausoleum is located in Pakistan’s Lahore area. His son built this monument for his father after 10 years of his death and it has 4 minarets of 30 meter height. Moreover the interior of this tomb is designed with white marble and the sides are wrought with mosaic of flowers.

Terracotta Army

Terracotta Army

This is the mausoleum of the First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty in 221 BC-206 BC. They successfully defeated all the rival states and it is located in the city of Xi’an. It is one of the most famous tourist attraction in China and  it is said that in the 3 pits there are approx 8000 soldiers, 130 chariots, 150 cavalry horses and 520 horses which is still buried .The figures at this place is life sixed and life like.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is located in Agra and this tomb is a great symbol of love. This monument was built by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is a perfect example of Mughal architecture. It has several beautiful buildings, reflecting pools and amazing gardens.

City of Dead in Northern Ossetia

City of Dead in Northern Ossetia

Here at this place you can witness the small stone buildings which appear as if it a normal village but actually those are the house of dead. These stone buildings have the mummified bodies dressed in the best clothes, shoes and hair combed perfectly. It’s in 18th century when the plague spread in Ossetia and at that time localities built houses for their sick members of family who were provided with food till death claimed their lives.

Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo

Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo

These are basically the burial catacombs in Sicily in Southern Italy. Moreover, when the monastery outgrew the Capuchin monks mummified and dressed the dead bodies in regular clothing and putted them on the monastery walls. Around 8000 mummies are still there on the walls of the Capuchin monastery and in the catacombs too.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Initially this gothic church was the burial place of kings, monks and aristocrats. It was established by Benedictine monks in the 10th century and was rebuilt in 13th century by King Henry III. Since then it is the coronation church for English royalty too as the final resting place of the monarchs. It is one of the top 10 tombs in the world, treasure house of paintings, pavements, textiles, fantastic artifacts and stained glass.

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