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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 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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  • 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 »
  • If you are in the vicinity, you really must visit this place. The history behind it is fascinating and when you speak or sing, it sounds so good which I am told was a happy accident.  more »
  • 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
  • Great for a picnic on a sunny day
  • Lovely peaceful place

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