Most Famous Mausoleums Around The World

Here is a list of the most famous mausoleums around the world

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal, is an Islamic ivory-white marble mausoleum on the right bank of the river Yamuna in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal; it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself.

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Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE with the purpose of protecting the emperor in his afterlife.

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Shah-i-Zinda is a necropolis in the north-eastern part of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The Shah-i-Zinda Ensemble includes mausoleums and other ritual buildings of 11-15th and 19th centuries. The name Shah-i-Zinda (meaning “The living king”) is connected with the legend that Qutham ibn Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, is buried here. He came to Samarkand with the Arab invasion in the 7th century to preach Islam. Popular legends speak that he was beheaded for his faith, but he didn’t die, took his head and went into the deep well (Garden of Paradise), where he’s still living now.

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Shirvanshah’s Palace Mausoleum

Shirvanshah’s palace mausoleum or tomb of Shirvanshahs’ family is a historical monument of the XV century. Locating in Old City, it is a part of Palace of the Shirvanshahs complex. The mausoleum is one of the three buildings located in courtyard of the complex, the others being Shirvanshah’s palace mosque and Shirvanshah’s palace bath house.

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Imam Husayn Shrine

The Imam Husayn Shrine is the mosque and burial site of Husayn ibn Ali, the son of the 4th caliph of Islam, Sayyidin Ali(a.s) in the city of Karbala, Iraq. It stands on the site of the Mausoleum of Husayn, who was a grandson of Muhammad, near the place where he was martyred during the Battle of Karbala in 680 CE[1][2] The tomb of Husayn is one of the holiest places in [Shia Islam], outside of Mecca and Medina, and many make pilgrimages to the site.

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Tomb of Jahangir

The Tomb of Jahangir is a 17th-century mausoleum built for the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. The mausoleum dates from 1637, and is located in Shahdara Bagh near city of Lahore, Pakistan, along the banks of the Ravi River.

Tomb of Jahangir

Castel Sant’Angelo

The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant’Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building in Parco Adriano, Rome, Italy. It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle and is now a museum.

Castel Sant'Angelo

Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun’s chief consort, Empress Bega Begum, on the patronage of her step-son Akbar, in 1558, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas and his son, Sayyid Muhammad, Persian architects chosen by her.

Humayun's Tomb

Lenin’s Mausoleum

Lenin’s Mausoleum, also known as Lenin’s Tomb, situated on Red Square in the center of Moscow, is a mausoleum that serves as the resting place of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. His preserved body has been on public display there since shortly after his death in 1924, with rare exceptions in wartime.

Lenin's Mausoleum

Tomb of Cyrus

The Tomb of Cyrus is the final resting place of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the ancient Achaemenid Empire. The mausoleum is located in Pasargadae, an archaeological site in the Fars Province of Iran.

Tomb of Cyrus