Meet some of the largest and most amazing tombs in the world

Okay, when you think about mausoleums and places like that, we don't associate those structures with interesting and beautiful places. In fact, we think of them as sinister, right? However, there are graves and buildings that house innumerable tombs and that, at a glance, we could not tell what their real purpose is, as is the case with some cathedrals, chapels and palaces that exist around the world.

With that in mind, we've put together some of the biggest and most amazing mausoleums in the world, which you can check out - and tell us in the comments if you've had the pleasure of visiting any of them - below:

1 - Taj Mahal

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Probably one of the most famous and visited mausoleums in the world, the Taj Mahal, located in Agra, India, was built in the 17th century at the request of Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The complex is flanked by four minarets, and the tomb - made of marble - is in the center of the building.

The interior of the Taj Mahal is decorated with walls filled with semiprecious stones and beautifully handwritten sacred texts, as well as the graves of Mumtaz and the Emperor, which are all made of marble and bear the 99 names of God handwritten on their surfaces.

2 - Westminster Abbey

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This famous Gothic church located in London was originally built in the 10th century - it was rebuilt a few times - by Benedictine monks. In addition to being the scene of British coronations, Westminster Abbey is also the burial place of most English monarchs and various illustrious characters.

Among the tombs, besides the royal ones, one can find those of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, and there is even a funerary monument in honor of William Shakespeare.

3 - Mausoleum of Hadrian

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Also known as “Castel Sant'Angelo” (or Castel Sant'Angelo), this emblematic monument of Rome was built at the request of Emperor Hadrian, and its ashes, as well as those of his wife, were deposited on the site in the 2nd century. other emperors followed suit, having their remains also deposited in this beautiful cylindrical building.

But aside from being a famous mausoleum, Castel Sant'Angelo has also served as a castle and even a fortress, now functioning as a museum and sporadically serving as a movie location - you remember “Angels and Demons, ” based on the book by Dan Brown?

4 - Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang

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Discovered in the 1970s by Chinese farmers, this incredible complex served as a mausoleum for Qin Shi Huang, China's first emperor and unifying country. Best known for the Xian Warriors - about 8, 000 real-size terracotta soldiers - the site also found 520 horse statues, 130 carriages and 150 cavalry animals.

According to legend, this entire army was buried along with Qin Shi Huang to - supposedly - protect the incredible treasures that accompanied the monarch's body. Although the colors disappeared, all the statues were painted, and each one has a different feature from the other.

5 - Humayun's Tomb

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This amazing mausoleum located in Delhi, India, was built in the 16th century to serve as a burial ground for Emperor Humayun. Built at the request of the monarch's wife, Hamida Banu Begum, the building was inspired by Persian architecture, 47 meters high and a white marble dome. In 1993, Humayun's Tomb was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

6 - Shah-i-Zinda

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Known as one of Central Asia's most famous necropolises, Shah-i-Zinda, located in Uzbekistan, consists of a complex of three groups of structures - including tombs and mosques - interconnected through four domed passages. The first buildings were built between the 11th and 12th centuries and serve as graves for various people.

However, according to legend, Kusam ibn Abbas, cousin of Prophet Muhammad, was buried in Shah-i-Zinda after being beheaded for preaching the Islamic faith. By the way, they say that after the execution, Kusam took his head and went to the paradise garden, where he is so far.

7 - Les Invalides

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Built in the 17th century, Les Invalides, located in Paris, France, was originally designed to serve as a hospital and shelter for war veterans. Today this huge monument has been transformed into a military museum and houses the tomb of several French military personalities, as well as the impressive sarcophagus of none other than Napoleon Bonaparte:

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