A tomb can be much more than just a resting place for one who’s passed. In fact, many of these final resting places have political, artistic, and/or cultural significance. Often unique, they also show us how many options there are for memorializing a loved one’s final chamber.
A tomb is a house, chamber or vault for the dead originally used to protect the dead and provide a place where necessary items for the afterlife could also be stored.
Over time graves and funerary urns grew more popular and, according to some records, tomb building practices faded during the Renaissance.
Some of the most famous tombs in the world include the Taj Mahal, the Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty, and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.
Here are some tombs we think are pretty unusual:
- In a Philippine Jungle village more than 1000 years old tombs were made out of limestone outcroppings. Archaeologists believe this indicated sophistication in tool use that was earlier than originally thought.
- The Carian Rock Tombs in Dalyan, Turkey are rock cut tombs carved into the mountainside for the Kings of Caunos. Dating back to 400 B.C. It is believed that slaves were lowered down on ropes to carve these tombs by hand.
- French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte rests in an extravagant seven-layer tomb atop a granite crown-designed floor meant to signify that he was of great importance.
Popular for many reasons each of the above tombs receive countless visitors each year. Like us, they marvel at the incredible architecture and the fascinating stories that go into each one of the chambers.
At Santa Rosa Memorial Park we know how important a final resting place for your loved one can be. That’s why we offer 36+ gardens and niches (indoors and outdoors) for you to select from. Each is designed to provide your loved one with a final site that will be ideal for them.