Smith / Whaley Mausoleum

Magnolia Cemetery
Charleston, South Carolina

This magnificent pyramid mausoleum houses a number of members of the Smith and Whaley families. Egyptian architecture is the most funerary-appropriate architecture, since almost all architecture in ancient Egypt had something to do with death and the afterlife. However the pagan aspects of Egyptian architecture didn’t always sit well with cemetery superintendents and tomb designers usually added a Christian accessory such as a cross or statues of Biblical figures to soften the pagan overtones.
Text and photo © Douglas Keister Visit Doug’s Author Page

[address cemetery=”Magnolia Cemetery” street=”70 Cunningham Ave.” city=”Charleston” state=”South Carolina” zip=”29405″]

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