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Hamilton Mausoleum, Hamilton

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4.3/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
Hamilton Mausoleum is a mausoleum located in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It was the resting place of the family of the Dukes of Hamilton. Built in the grounds of the now-demolished Hamilton Palace, its high stone holds the record for the longest echo in the world, taking 15 seconds for the sound of a slammed door to decay. There were recent claims that this record had been broken at the Inchindown oil storage tanks in the Scottish Highlands, however this turned out to be a reverberation rather than an echo.ConstructionIn line with his grandiose enlargement of Hamilton Palace, Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, replaced his family burial vault which stood close to the east quarter of the palace in the aisle of the old and dilapidated collegiate church. Now the solitary remaining testament to the colossal scale and grandeur of the buildings which once stood in Hamilton Low Parks, Hamilton Palace Mausoleum is a Roman-style domed structure of panelled masonry. Standing to an overall height of about 123 feet (37 m), it occupies a site some 650 feet (200 m) north of the site of Hamilton Palace. Construction was begun in 1842 by architect David Hamilton and completed by architects David Bryce and sculptor Alexander Handyside Ritchie in 1858, five years after the death of the 10th Duke. The Duke was interred in an Egyptian sarcophagus of the Ptolemaic period, on a black marble slab in the main chapel, while 17 of his ancestors were interred in the crypt below. The coffins of the 10th Duke and his ancestors were later removed after subsidence and flooding from the River Clyde affected the mausoleum, and were re-buried in Hamilton's Bent Cemetery.
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  • we took part in the monthly guided tour - we were 2 adults and 2 children aged 13 and 6. Although the wee one was getting fidgety by the end of the introduction, the guide Peter was great and held the...  read more »
  • The mausoleum is an impressive building and a good backdrop for a photo but it is fenced off and locked up. It is easy to get to it and there is plenty of parking at the sports centre. 
  • I visited Hamilton mausoleum in July 2016 as part of a group visit. I was aware of the mausoleum growing up, but had never visited it before. To visit the mausoleum, you have to arrange a visit throug...  read more »
  • Lovely peaceful place
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