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mausoleum


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(pl. mausolea).

Any roofed building used as a tomb, detached or joined to another building (e.g. a church), containing coffins, sarcophagi, or urns, often on shelves. The term originated with the C4 bc Hellenistic Ionic tomb of King Mausolos of Caria at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Colvin (1991);J. Curl (2002);Hillenbrand (1994);Toynbee (1971)

Subjects: Architecture.


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