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Custom Built Private Mausoleums

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.

Private Mausoleums

While communal mausoleums serve the public, private mausoleums offer an environment for secluded and deeply intimate reflection. Private mausoleums have been constructed throughout history for individuals who have achieved unparalleled personal success, for prominent families, and other notable persons – including state leaders, intellectuals, celebrities, and fallen heroes. Construction of a private mausoleum is inherently personal, made possible by a flexible and customized process.

A chief benefit of private mausoleums is the potential for customization. Mausoleum design options are extensive and include open-air construction, modern and contemporary design features, or more traditional appointments. A private mausoleum reflects the personality, faith, and individual preferences of the person or family interred for eternity.

Examples of Private Mausoleums


History of Mausoleums

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 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".

Community and private mausoleums began to gain interest in the United States in the 1870′s. Many of the cemeteries in rural locations near major cities were becoming a wonderland with stone carvings and the artwork of family. Those attending services at these locations began to have an interest in mausoleums for themselves and their loved ones. The early attempts at community mausoleums were not a great success as construction did not meet the standard of today’s installations and maintenance costs were high. With the introduction of improved construction methods and, therefore, lowered maintenance costs, new community mausoleums began to appear across the country.

The mausoleums of today are stately and majestic. Most are built of various types of granite and offer many amenities, such as permanent name carvings, vases for floral tributes, brass or bronze plaque depictions of service or faith, skylights, seating and privacy. Many are in garden settings giving a peaceful, contemplative feeling.

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