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A mausoleum is an external free-standing building constructed as a monument enclosing the interment space or burial chamber of a deceased person or people. A monument without the interment is a cenotaph. A mausoleum may be considered a type of tomb or the tomb may be considered to be within the mausoleum. A Christian mausoleum sometimes includes a chapel.
The word derives from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (near modern-day Bodrum in Turkey), the grave of King Mausolus, the Persian satrap of Caria, whose large tomb was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Historically, mausolea were, and still may be, large and impressive constructions for a deceased leader or other person of importance. However, smaller mausolea soon became popular with the gentry and nobility in many countries. In the Roman Empire, these were often ranged in necropoles or along roadsides: the via Appia Antica retains the ruins of many private mausolea for miles outside Rome. However, when Christianity became dominant, mausoleums were out of use.
Later, mausolea became particularly popular in Europe and its colonies during the early modern and modern periods. A single mausoleum may be permanently sealed. A mausoleum encloses a burial chamber either wholly above ground or within a burial vault[disambiguation needed] below the superstructure. This contains the body or bodies, probably within sarcophagi or interment niches. Modern mausolea may also act as columbaria (a type of mausoleum for cremated remains) with additional cinerary urn niches. Mausolea may be located in a cemetery, a churchyard or on private land.
In the United States, the term may be used for a burial vault below a larger facility, such as a church. The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California, for example, has 6,000 sepulchral and cinerary urn spaces for interments in the lower level of the building. It is known as the "crypt mausoleum". In 2010, a woman was discovered to have exhumed her deceased husband and twin sister, and was keeping the remains in her Wyalusing, Pennsylvania home. Authorities advised that the only legal way for her to keep the remains on her premises would be to erect a mausoleum.
Notable mausolea 
- The Dr. John Garang De Mabior mausoleum in Juba, South Sudan.
- The mastaba
- The pyramids of ancient Egypt and Nubia are also types of mausolea.
- Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania
- Al Hussein Mosque, Cairo – a Holy Shrine and Mausoleum, where it is believed by some that the head of the Islamic prophet Muhammad's grandson is buried.
- Qalawun Mausoleum is the Mausoleum of Qalawun, Located in Cairo, Egypt, it was regarded by scholars as the second most beautiful medieval mausoleum ever to be built.
- Dr. Bingu Wamutarika, President of Malawi built a mausoleum for his late first wife in 2010. It has two graves,one has been used. It is not clear who is going to rest in the other one.
- A mausoleum was built for Ghana's first president Kwame Nkrumah on the coast of the capital city, Accra.
Asia, Eastern, Southern, and South-East 
- Taj Mahal at Agra, India
- Humayun's Tomb at Delhi, India
- Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor biggest underground mausoleum
- The pyramids of ancient China are also types of mausolea.
- Qianling Mausoleum in China, houses the remains of Emperor Gaozong of Tang and the ruling Empress Wu Zetian, along with 17 others in auxiliary tombs.
- Mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia.
- Tomb of Jahangir at Shahdara, near Lahore, Pakistan.
- Mazar-e-Quaid at Karachi, Pakistan
- Data Durbar at Lahore, Pakistan
- Mausoleum of Hazrat Mai Safoora Qadiriyya, Punjab Pakistan
- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
- Kumsusan Palace of the Sun or Kim Il-sung Mausoleum, Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)
- Mausoleum of Mao Zedong
- National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
- Quezon Memorial, in Quezon City, Philippines, houses the remains of Philippine President Manuel Quezon and his wife Aurora.
- Astana Giribangun Suharto family complex in traditional Javanese architectural style in Karanganyar, Central Java
- Imogiri complex in Imogiri, Central Java is the cemetery for Mataram royals and the Hamengkubuwana Royals of Yogyakarta and Pakubuwono of Surakarta
- Marcos Museum and Mausoleum in Batac City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, the mausoleum houses the remains of Former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Asia, western 
- Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus
- Mausoleum of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae, Iran.
- Naqsh-e Rustam at Persepolis Iran, Tombs of Persian Achaemenid kings (522-486 BCE).
- The Shrine of the Báb and the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh in Haifa and Acre, Israel, respectively.
- Anitkabir mausoleum of Ataturk the founder of the Republic of Turkey at Ankara, Turkey
- Imam Husayn Mosque, Karbala – according to Shī‘ah belief, the head and body of Husayn ibn Ali, along with all others who fell at the Battle of Karbala are buried here.
- Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad, Iran
- The Mausoleum of Khomeini in Tehran, Iran
- Hamilton Mausoleum at Hamilton in Scotland
- House of Karageorgevich Mausoleum, St. George′s Church, Oplenac in Topola, Serbia
- Royal Mausoleum and the Duchess of Kent's Mausoleum at Frogmore, England
- Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow, Russia.
- Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome, Italy.
- Mausoleum of Hadrian in Rome, Italy
- Mausoleum of Theodoric in Ravenna, Italy
- Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy
- Batenberg Mausoleum in Sofia, Bulgaria
- Mausoleum, Stoke-on-Trent in England
- Panthéon, Paris in France
- Les Invalides in France
Latin America 
- El Ángel Victory column and mausoleum to the heroes of the Mexican Independence in Mexico City, Mexico.
- Monumento a la Revolución monument commemorating and mausoleum to the heroes of the Mexican Revolution in Mexico City, Mexico.
- Obelisk of São Paulo mausoleum to the heroes of Constitutionalist Revolution in São Paulo City, São Paulo, Brazil.
- Chico Xavier mausoleum in Uberaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
- Plaza de Los Heroes mausoleum to the heroes of the Pacific War in Valparaiso, Chile.
- Mausoleo a los Heroes de El Polvorín, at Cementerio Civil in Ponce, Puerto Rico
North America 
- Henry Flagler's Mausoleum in St. Augustine, Florida
- Grant's Tomb, New York City – loosely based on Mausolos' original mausoleum.[original research?]
- Abraham Lincoln's tomb in Springfield, Illinois
- Miles Mausoleum in Arlington National Cemetery
- Queen of Heaven Mausoleum in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois
- Rose Chapel Mausoleum in Roseland Park Cemetery, Berkley, Michigan
- Tombs of the Uga mascots inside Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia
- Shrine of the Good Shepherd Chapel Mausoleum, Green Bay, Wisconsin
- Eaton Mausoleum, Toronto, Ontario
- Massey Memorial in Wellington, New Zealand where New Zealand Prime Minister William Massey and his wife are interred.
- Royal Mausoleum in Honolulu, Hawaii where the members of the Kamehameha and Kalākaua dynasties are interred.
See also 
- The plurals mausoleums and mausolea are equally correct in English.
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- Mausolea and Monuments Trust, gazetteer of mausolea in England
- Marvelous Mausoleums Around The World - slideshow at The Huffington Post
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