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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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Connected Sites

  • Belfries: In 1923, a cenotaph was added to the base of the Belfry of Dunkerque in remembrance of the deaths during WWI Link
  • Blaenavon Industrial Landscape: the cenotaph is in front of Workmen's Hall
  • City of Bath: the Bath cenotaph is located in Victoria Park
  • 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
  • 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


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