A cenotaph is an "empty tomb" or a monument erected in honour of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere. It can also be the initial tomb for a person who has since been interred elsewhere. Although the vast majority of cenotaphs are erected in honour of individuals, many of the best-known cenotaphs are instead dedicated to the memories of groups of individuals, such as the lost soldiers of one country or empire. (wiki)

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Belfries In 1923, a cenotaph was added to the base of the Belfry of Dunkerque in remembrance of the deaths during WWI
Blaenavon Industrial Landscape the cenotaph is in front of Workmen's Hall
Carthage Saint-Louis cenotaph on Byrsa Hill: the sculpture of a recumbent figure (Saint Louis of Carthage)
City of Bath the Bath cenotaph is located in Victoria Park
Dholavira: A Harappan City The site includes a large cemetery with cenotaphs of six types testifying to the Harappan’s unique view of death. (official description)
Florence The Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence contains a number of cenotaphs including one for Dante Alighieri, who is buried in Ravenna (wiki)
Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town all the "Tombs" are in fact cenotaphs with the actual tombs themselves believed to be situated under the building in a cave
Humayun's Tomb Humayun's cenotaph stands alone in the main chamber; the real grave lies in the basement below
Hué The "empty" Tomb of Tu Duc: Despite the grandeur of the site and the amount of time Tu Duc spent here, he was buried in a different, secret location somewhere in Hue. To keep the secret safe the 200 laborers who buried the king were all beheaded after they returned from the secret route. To this day, the real tomb of Tu Duc remains hidden. (wiki)
Kraków Cenotaph of king Władysław of Varna in Wawel Cathedral
Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt Plane Tree Grove: "The middle of the west side, precisely opposite the Olbrich wall fountain, is dominated by the cenotaph for the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker, who died in childbed." (Nomination file, p. 92)
Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles The equestrian statue of Gattamelata was originally conceived as a cenotaph.
Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro Monument to the Heroes of the Second of May
Rome Lapis Niger at the Roman Forum
Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil wooden cenotaph of Shah Isma'il (Archnet)
Samarkand Gur Emir Mausoleum: jade cenotaph of Tamerlane
Taj Mahal cenotaphs of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal
Tanbaly The Tamgaly II burial ground (Bronze Age) includes "symbolic graves (cenotaphs) without remains of people" (according to sign at the site).
Victoria Falls Remembering the fallen in this region at the end of World War I


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