All over the world, ancient people and powerful rulers have been immortalised by their imposing tombs for thousands of years. Magnificent, bizarre and interesting burial sites are summarised here in our top 10.
1. Templo Mayor, Mexico City
The Templo Mayor used to be the most important and one of the largest temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlán. It is located in the middle of the city where around 9 million inhabitants of Mexico City dwell.
2. Machu Picchu in Aguas Calientes
Machu Picchu was built 550 years ago. However, it was discovered only 100 years ago. Unlike all tombs that lie under the earth, this one is located high in the mountains in the Peruvian jungle. It is also one of the World Heritage Sites UNESCO.
3. Pere Lachaise, Paris
It lies in the middle of the Seine. It is considered the largest cemetery in Paris and the first one that applied as a park cemetery burial place. Stars like Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde rest here.
4. Pyramid of Chephren in Giza (Egypt)
The pyramids of Giza are one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is a site of curiosity for amateur archaeologists. The Chephren pyramid is the second-highest among these Egyptian pyramids.
5. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi (Vietnam)
An embalmed corpse is a matter of honour for the Vietnamese. The mausoleum is the Declaration of Independence leaving the nearby public square.
6. Akbar’s Mausoleum in Agra (India)
It was Mughal Emperor Akbar’s wish to be buried in a sarcophagus that too covered with simple white marble. If you are planning to visit this site, the mausoleum remains open from sunrise to sunset.
7. Central Cemetery in Vienna (Austria)
This cemetery is the perfect one for gamers as it corresponds to 500 football fields. It is the most important cemetery with 33,000 graves. The central cemetery in Vienna is more like a museum with art nouveau buildings.
8. Chauchilla in Chachapoyas (Peru)
It was once a handsome cemetery but the real cemetery has been disintegrated. Chauchilla is the only place in Peru where one can find well-preserved mummies dating back to even 1000 years ago.
9. Holy Grave in Görlitz
It is the only top German grave in the world. On Good Friday, a resurrection ceremony is held every year in the memory of Passion of Christ. There is also a brewery at the corner.
10. Terracotta Army in Xi’an (China)
Guarding the first emperor of China, Qin Shǐhuángdì during his last journey around 7278 soldiers died. Terracotta Army is one of the largest tombs in the world with one of the most extraordinary tombs worldwide.