When planning a funeral for a loved one, you have a choice of burying him
in a burial plot at a cemetery, or having him entombed in a
mausoleum. Mausoleums have long been used around the world by different cultures
for entombing bodies or cremation remains. Here is a look at a few of
the world’s most famous mausoleums.
The Egyptian Pyramids
The Egyptian pyramids are some of the oldest, largest, and most recognizable
mausoleums. The majority of the pyramids were built as tombs for pharaohs
and their aides during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods. Egyptians developed
and advanced the technique of embalming, which allowed them to preserve
the bodies of the dead for funeral services and entombment in mausoleums.
The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is an enormous mausoleum built between 1632 and 1653 in Agra,
India. This mausoleum was built in memory of the favorite wife of the
Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It is incredibly well preserved, and very important
architecturally. The Taj Mahal is the centerpiece of a large complex,
which, in addition to the mausoleum, also includes a mosque, reflecting
pools, ornamental gardens, and a guest house. Muslim customs forbid any
elaborate decoration on or around burial plots or graves, so the bodies
of Shah Jahan and his wife reside in a plain crypt within the mausoleum.
The Terracotta Army
The Terracotta Army, located in Xi’an, China, is one of the country’s
most-visited tourist attractions. The Terracotta Army surrounds the mausoleum
of the First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty, and it was once buried underground.
The mausoleum and tombs have not been unearthed, and many of the figures
in the Terracotta Army are also still underground.
If you’re looking for a
funeral home near Oakland because you’re planning a funeral, burial service, or cremation,
come see us at Chapel of the Chimes Oakland. We operate a funeral home
and crematorium, and have onsite mausoleums, private family estates, columbariums,
cremation gardens, and a memorial park. To learn more about our funeral
and cremation services, call us today at (510) 654-0123.