Mausoleum Trends in 2017

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Unlike their occupants, mausoleum trends come and go.

Old world aesthetics continue to influence architecture for the dead. A massive number of mausoleums were designed in the classical era so it makes sense that a classical style impacts modern death designs. Besides, the designs please a wide range of people.

However, as times change, buildings do, too. This is true even of death chambers. Now, more people opt for the construction of private, personalized mausoleums. These personalized options provide privacy and a way to make an everlasting statement. Modern mausoleums often feature streamlined exteriors that reflect a contemporary style, with simple lines and less fanfare. This trend proves especially appealing if the mausoleum stands in an isolated area away from older styles of resting places.

Conceive and Grieve

Conceptional mausoleums take personalization even further. Some people even design cubes for their final resting place. It’s possible to dream-up a plethora of mausoleum creations as long as they violate no laws and there’s enough money to pay for the construction. One thing to consider when going this route is how the design will impact visitors. Keeping their physical comfort in mind helps ensure that the mausoleum functions as intended.

Eternally Green

Another trend pertains to the eco-friendlness of the resting place. Even Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan worry about maintaining a green final footprint. They’ve chose a smaller structure to house their cremated remains. This modernization caused controversey in Japan, but the couple made it clear that their services and resting places must not cause a fuss on any level, not even with the environment. In addition to reducing the size of their chamber, they want the materials used in its construction to treat the earth kindly.

Functional Art

Whatever the style of mausoleum, such structures continue to provide a valuable service to the dearly departed and their loved ones. The look of mausoleums change from era to era. But the services that mausoleums provide helps people the world over, even modern day emperors.

Three Strange Mausoleum Stories

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Mausoleums are a symbol of remembrance and honor for many cultures. Over the years, exquisite mausoleums like the Taj Mahal have attracted tourists from all over the country to see its artistry. Other tombs like the three you will read about in this blog seem to lure people in by the mystery and strange stories around their design. Nevertheless, a mausoleum should be unique and have its own story to tell. A story that, sometimes, is stranger than fiction.

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Mausoleums – The New Age of Resting In Style

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Who said that you have to go without your favorite amenities, even after your passing? This was the exact sentiment that the infamous Mexican drug lords had in mind when they constructed some of North America’s most lavish and fully equipped mausoleums. Built in the capital city of Sinaloa, these custom-built resting places come with air conditioning, wi-fi access, guest bedrooms, full kitchens, and even private movie theaters. Fashioned after their everyday homes, these jaw-dropping mausoleums cost no less than $250,000 and are monitored by security cameras 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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The United States’ Most Iconic Mausoleum

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The most famous mausoleum in the world is the Taj Mahal, but the most visited mausoleum in the United States is Grant’s Tomb. Built almost twelve years after his death, Grant’s tomb is an iconic New York City landmark commemorating the life and passing of our 18th President and Civil War General, Ulysses S. Grant.

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Love Is Eternal

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The grand Taj Mahal in India is, if you were unaware, a mausoleum that was built to express the love of Shah Jahan for his favorite of three wives, Mumtaz Mahal. The immense structure, created out of white marble, has stood since it was finally finished in 1632. Few on this earth possess the means to construct such a lavish expression of our love for another.

But simple means did not stop an octogenarian retired postmaster from trying his best to do the same. Faizal Hasan Quadri set out to erect a structure that would comfort the concerns of his now deceased wife; that they would die and be forgotten as they had no children to carry on their name. And so Quadri met with several architects to draw up plans for a mausoleum that would ensure immortality for the two who would one day reside within.

“I wanted to make a ‘monument of love’ in her memory. I called up an architect and assigned him the work, but I did not like his design.” It was then that Quadri recalled his younger days in Agra, where he was training for work. The glorious Taj Mahal stuck in his memory. He decided he would create a Mini Taj. 

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