Hamilton Mausoleum, Hamilton

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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 used to hold the record for the longest echo in the world, taking 15 seconds for the sound of a slammed door to decay. In 2012 the record was broken at the Inchindown oil storage tanks in the Scottish Highlands. Tours of the Mausoleum can be pre booked through Hamilton Low Parks museum.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 had a great guide in Peter who explained all the history of this iconic Lanarkshire landmark. As Peter said everyone in the area knows of it but sadly very few know about it or have been inside. We...  more »
  • Have visited previously, however wanted to educate the kids regards the history attached. The Mausolem is where the Dukes of Hamilton were once buried .  more »
  • Not only is the history of the Mausoleum fascinating, the floor is the ONLY place in the world, other than the Palace at Versailles where you will see such rare marble. The highlight though is the aco...  more »
  • Usually,when I visit Strathclyde park,I visit the Mausoleum,as it is situated in a nice area of the park.Ive walked around the Mausoleum,but never been inside it.I think you have to phone,to make arrangements for an inside visit.Sadly,the Mausoleum is now surrounded by a black fence to keep the drunks and vandals out!
  • Longest eco in europe aarantly
  • Hidden gem,visit this special place if you get the chance. Staff super helpful and very informative.
  • ey,thatsa prety gud pretty gay but m9
  • Cool place

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