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Mausoleums

Below is an illustrated index of the 12 Mausoleums profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque
    Alexandria, Egypt
    Built over the tomb of a 13th-century Spanish Sufi saint, this 18th-century mosque topped with lacy domes is the most beautiful in Alexandria.
  • Ismail Samani Mausoleum
    Bukhara, Uzbekistan
    This small, elegant 10th-century mausoleum is one of Bukhara's oldest monuments. Built for the founder of the Samanid dynasty, its delicate terracotta brickwork disguises 2m-thick walls that have never needed repair.
  • Karbala
    Karbala, Iraq
    The Shia holy city of Karbala is home to the glittering shrines of Imam Husayn and Imama Abbas.
  • Mevlana Museum (Green Mausoleum)
    Konya, Turkey
    This museum contains the tomb of the 13th-century Sufi saint Mevlana or Rumi, which is an important place of pilgrimage.
  • São Vicente de Fora
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Now the Royal Pantheon for the Portuguese monarchy, this church was originally part of a 12th-century convent. The current building dates from 1582-1627.
  • Valley of the Kings
    Luxor, Egypt
    This famed valley on the West Bank of the Nile was the burial place for pharaohs and nobles from 1539 BC to 1075 BC. It contains some 60 tombs, including the famous King Tut's Tomb.
  • Saadian Tombs
    Marrakesh, Morocco
    This site next to the old kasbah was used for burials throughout the Saadian period (beginning 1557), then sealed up for centuries. It contains two mausoleums and nearly 200 tiled tombs of royals.
  • Moulay Idriss
    Moulay Idriss, Morocco
    The town of Moulay Idriss in northern Morocco has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries, thanks to its tomb of Moulay Idriss el Akhbar, a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.
  • Panthéon
    Paris, France
    This church was originally part of an abbey dedicated to St. Genevieve, but since the 18th century it has served primarily as a burial place for French heroes.
  • Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
    Ravenna, Italy
    One of the most powerful women in western history, Galla Placidia was probably never buried here. The main attraction is splendid mosaics dating from 430 AD.
  • Santa Costanza
    Rome, Italy
    This little round church was built c.360 AD to house the tombs of Constantine's daughter and sister. Its ceilings are covered in some of the earliest Christian mosaics in the world.
  • Sedlec Ossuary
    Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
    The pretty little Gothic chapel of the Holy Trinity in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutna Hora, is built over an ossuary that is decorated with more than 40,000 artfully arranged human skeletons.