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Top 10 Most Famous and Historically Significant Tombs in the World

Grandiose tombs from around the world.

A tomb is a place for the burial of the dead. Some people consider tombs or burial sites scary for they believe that the place is a dwelling place for ghost. On the other hand, many people consider them amazing and fascinating. Here are the 10 most interesting and historically important tombs in the world.

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus: Turkey

One single tomb that can be considered famous and significant is the Tomb of Mausolus. It is called Mausoleum of Mausolus or Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. It was a tomb built between 353 and 350 BC at Halicarnassus (present Bodrum, Turkey) for Mausolus, a satrap (governor) in the Persian Empire, and Artemisia II of Caria, his wife and sister. The structure was designed by the Greek architects Satyrus and Pythius. It stood approximately 45 meters (135 ft) in height, and each of the four sides was adorned with sculptural relief created by each one of four Greek sculptors – Leochares, Bryaxis, Scopas of Paros and Timotheus. The Mausoleum stood relatively intact until 1522 A.D., when it was ordered destroyed as an example of Pagan art.

The finished structure was considered to be such an aesthetic triumph that Antipater of Sidon identified it as one of his 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.

Hadrian’s Tomb: Rome, Italy

Another famous tomb is the Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as the Castel Sant’Angelo. It is a towering cylindrical building in Rome, initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used as a fortress and castle, and is now a museum. The tomb of the Roman emperor Hadrian was erected on the right bank of the Tiber, between 135 and 139. Originally the mausoleum was a decorated cylinder, with a garden top and golden quadriga. Hadrian’s ashes were placed here a year after his death in 138, together with those of his wife Sabina, and his first adopted son, Lucius Aelius, who also died in 138. Following this, the remains of succeeding emperors were also placed here, the last recorded deposition being Caracalla in 217.

Lenin’s Tomb: Red Square – Moscow, Russia

A tomb that is significantly famous especially among the Russians is Lenin’s Mausoleum. It is also known as Lenin’s Tomb situated in Red Square in Moscow. This mausoleum is popular because the embalmed body of Lenin has been on public display there since the year he died in 1924 (with rare exceptions in wartime). It is the mausoleum that serves as the current resting place of Vladimir Lenin. Aleksey Schusev’s diminutive but monumental granite structure incorporates some elements from ancient mausoleums, such as the Step Pyramid and the Tomb of Cyrus the Great.

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  1. Unofre Pili

    On September 19, 2008 at 8:49 am


    Great piece of history. In the part of the dead, I cannot conceive any difference with one lying in such tombs of incredible magnificence and the other one who is simply resting in peace under an unknown and unmarked piece of land.

  2. Lauren Axelrod

    On September 19, 2008 at 1:28 pm


    Great piece Norbert. I love learning about these types of places. It’s a great historical lesson for me as well as others.

  3. Gerlaine

    On September 19, 2008 at 5:58 pm


    That shows you what I know. I thought the Taj Mahal was a church and I didn’t even know that tombs existed in the USA.

    Very informative. Thanks Nobert!

  4. PR Mace

    On September 19, 2008 at 6:37 pm


    Good article Nobert, I learned a lot. I would love to visit these places. You did leave out a very noble tomb. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington,D.C. I have seen it and it will leave a mark on your heart.

  5. jesus

    On September 21, 2008 at 4:03 pm


    what about the pyramids at giza? arent those some of the most famous and historically significant anythings in the world?

  6. nobert soloria bermosa

    On September 21, 2008 at 5:04 pm


    thanks Unofre,Lauren,Gerlaine, and Pam for the support,thanks guys for being there always,
    Hi there Jesus,
    the Great pyramid of Giza is included it’s on the second page,check it out,thanks

  7. Alexa Gates

    On September 21, 2008 at 6:04 pm


    these would be nice places to visit

  8. Kheng

    On September 21, 2008 at 6:28 pm


    Great article. Very informative. Thank you.

  9. Loreta Dorington

    On September 21, 2008 at 8:07 pm


    God does not look on the kind of tombs where we are buried, but looks on our hearts and the good deeds we left behind. But one can’t deny that these tombs are indeed so magnificent, made for the dead, probably to somehow lessen the pain and sorrow of the people they left behind. Nevertheless, it is very ironic that the dead lay in castles, while many of the living have no permanent roof over their heads.

  10. Morgana rae

    On September 22, 2008 at 3:22 am


    I love this stuff. I would’ve liked to see you include Newgrange in Ireland. It’s the burial place of the ancient Irish kings, and is older than the Egyptian pyramids.

  11. Karen N

    On September 22, 2008 at 8:12 am


    Good article, that picture of Westminster Abbey is fantastic!

  12. Joe P

    On September 22, 2008 at 10:17 am


    Napoleon’s tomb?

    Significant impact on modern events. Especially those leading up to the 1st and 2nd World Wars

  13. CHAN LEE PENG

    On September 22, 2008 at 11:11 am


    These spectacular tombs can be a spot of tourism attraction! Thanks for sharing.

  14. tamanrasset

    On September 22, 2008 at 12:17 pm


    tombeau de la chretienne à cherchell algerie

    tombeau de tinehinane à abalessa algerie

  15. CW Lovestone

    On September 22, 2008 at 1:08 pm


    The architecture is beautiful.

  16. Csilla

    On September 22, 2008 at 5:07 pm


    wow!
    I wanna go to India!
    Great work.

  17. C. Jordan

    On September 22, 2008 at 6:58 pm


    “How peaceful and how powerful is the grave!” Byron

  18. mae

    On September 22, 2008 at 10:27 pm


    Thanks for sharing this. I thought Egypt has the only most wondrous tombs.

  19. Nelson Doyle

    On September 23, 2008 at 12:57 am


    Great article. Learned something new today and that is always good. Congratulations, for making it to the #1 on the homepage.

    God Bless,

    Nelson Doyle

  20. josh

    On September 23, 2008 at 8:24 am


    Rachel’s Tomb? King David’s Tomb? Jesus’ Tomb..but who knows who is/was really buried (if anyone) at these sites.

    Then there is the story of the tourist in the Holy Land who saw the Prophet Samuels tomb, Nebi Samuel, by Jerusalem at the beginning of his tour…after two weeks, at another location the tour guide excitingly pointed out the Tomb of Samuel..

    Our attentive tourist exclaimed..Hey, I caught you on this one. Two weeks ago you said Samuel was buried some place else.

    The guide explained..”Oh, that was First Samuel’s and this is Second Samuel’s ”

    The Joke works great in Hebrew..and i imagine that English speaking Churchgoers will get it as well.

  21. Darla Smith

    On September 23, 2008 at 8:48 am


    This is a very interesting article, which I enjoyed reading very much.

  22. rick

    On September 23, 2008 at 11:01 am


    Nice piece. It’s disappointing to know that the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus was destroyed because of religious short-sightedness. Is there any end to human ignorance?

  23. David Page

    On September 23, 2008 at 11:35 am


    I too am fascinated by tombstones, This item caught my eye and I am not disappointed. Great stuff!
    thanks.

  24. Liane Schmidt

    On September 23, 2008 at 2:34 pm


    Another exceptional article! The pictures are amazing.

    Blessings.

    Sincerely,

    -Liane Schmidt.

  25. Leo Reyes

    On September 24, 2008 at 6:33 am


    Great article.

  26. SYED AMAAN AHMAD

    On September 25, 2008 at 3:07 am


    amazing article, I liked it. It did help ME a lot. Rock on!

  27. Ethan

    On September 25, 2008 at 2:22 pm


    Great post! U should also add the Shrine of Bab in Israel. It is a magnificent shrine.

    https://bahai.bwc.org/pilgrimage/Intro/visit_3.asp

  28. Michael Knowth

    On September 26, 2008 at 7:44 am


    Good list, did you consider Newgrange the 5000 year old megalithic tomb in Ireland http://www.newgrange.com
    Michael.

  29. mental511

    On September 26, 2008 at 9:14 am


    what about the Parthenon in Athens, Greece [HELLAS] or the ancient theatre of Epidaurus also in Greece? what about the amazing creations in Peru?

  30. abdul latif

    On September 26, 2008 at 11:35 am


    beautiful collection of tombs with a fascinating story behind them. Sadly taj Mahal in India is facing threat of demolition by Hindu fanatic hordes who think Emperor Shahjahan demolished a temple and built Taj Mahal, which is a blatant lie invented by Hindu bigots.

  31. Melody Arcamo Lagrimas

    On September 26, 2008 at 11:34 pm


    Awesome structures, and great write-up as ever, Nobert. It’s the first time I saw some of them and I especially love the Hadrian’s Tomb and Lenin’s Tomb. Of course, Taj Mahal, Westminster Abbey and St. Peter’s Basilica are timeless classics. Thanks for sharing.

  32. rahul

    On September 28, 2008 at 5:01 am


    Pyramids? surely they are the best known of all tombs.

  33. matt24

    On September 28, 2008 at 1:39 pm


    I like the photography.

  34. barneslow

    On September 28, 2008 at 4:49 pm


    that was pretty interesting I must adimit

  35. Yasmeen Jumani

    On September 28, 2008 at 11:42 pm


    Very interesting and informative

  36. Glynis Smy

    On February 14, 2009 at 1:24 am


    Another great article!

  37. Juancav

    On February 14, 2009 at 7:23 am


    Fabolous tombs,incredible architecture.

  38. Blue Buttefly

    On February 15, 2009 at 8:50 am


    Awesome architecture!

  39. eddiego65

    On May 3, 2009 at 8:27 am


    Magnificent piece of work, bro.

  40. Togovi

    On July 3, 2009 at 8:48 am


    There are no factories in Togo and people are suffering because they have no job and no food and no way treat themselves when they got sick. Thousands are dying of malaria in Togo.
    I think before we build casttles for the deads, we have to help improve peoples life by putting money together to build factories, roads, schools, hospitals and develop modern agriculture especialy in the republic of Togo.

  41. Common

    On September 29, 2009 at 1:34 am


    How about the tomb of the prophet of Islam Muhammed in Medina? Surely a historical figure of huge significance whose legacy has been relevant throughout the 1400 years since his death.

  42. Sarah the GoatVet

    On October 14, 2009 at 4:50 pm


    Informative and interesting article. Wonderful pictures, very clear and focused. I absolutely love ancient history. I do believe people are degressing through the generations, not progressing. What buildings built today could withstand centuries? I am in awe of ancient structures and architecture.

  43. Micah Gastineau

    On August 20, 2010 at 12:02 am


    Pretty amazing structures. Beautiful pictures. In looking for feedback I would like to put it out there that many people like to try to convince others of the great mystery of , and human inability to have built the pyramids at Giza. This is very close-minded to me. If you were born and raised in a ” third world” jungle and walked out of it tomorrow and laid eyes on the pyramids , the Taj-Mahal , a modern metropolis like New york City or Hong Kong would you really think for a second that a creation that built the second two could not build a pile of stones such as the pyramids. My cell phone and all that is involved in it is more heavily engineered than the pyramids at Giza or any pyramid for that matter. Sorry Mayans. Fantastic sun dial though. Sacrifice that to the sun gods , little pigmy’s!
    On a serios note I did not see the undisputed heavyweight champion of all tombs throughout the history of the world. The tomb of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Note the uniquity of its emptiness. I can only tell you who is in most of the tombs on this site because it says who is in them on this site. Everybody knows what Jesus’s tomb looks like and everyone knows who is in it! Score one for the BIG ALMIGHTY!

  44. Sarah

    On September 22, 2010 at 10:03 am


    What about the tomb in Khadhmain, Iraq? Absolute beautifull burial place of the decendants of Prophet Muhammad- heres the link for anyones whoes interested

    http://www.abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=204041

  45. dr reality check

    On September 2, 2011 at 12:31 am


    The Tomb of Christ has been recognized and studied for 1700 years, more proof than the other tombs listed here. It remains the foremost place in the world (and I’ve visited other tombs listed here).

  46. Oblivion

    On May 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm


    Where is the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor and his terracotta army in China??!!!

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