Dynastic Burial Places

Burial sites of Ruling Dynasties, containing the graves of several family members and stretching over decades/centuries

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch German Carolingian kings
Ambohimanga Used to be the location for the Merina Dynastic Tombs (the mortal remains were transferred in 1897 by the French, but that didn't reduce the holiness of the site for the Malagasy people)
Ancient Thebes Valley of the Kings
Archaeological Site of Aigai Kings of Macedonia
Baekje Historic Areas Baekje Dynasty (Tomb of King Muryeong)
Birka and Hovgarden Hovgarden
City of Luxembourg Notre-Dame Cathedral for Duchy of Luxembourg
El Escurial Pantheon of the Kings of Spain
Ferrara The monastery of Corpus Domini, founded in 1406, has traditionally been the main burial place of members of the Este family in the city
Florence Capelle Medicee at San Lorenzo
Gebel Barkal "Later Napatan pyramids were sited at Nuri, on the west bank of the Nile in Upper Nubia. This necropolis was the burial place of 21 kings and 52 queens and princes. The oldest and largest pyramid at Nuri is that of the Napatan king and twenty-fifth dynasty pharaoh Taharqa. The most extensive Nubian pyramid site is at Meroe, which is located between the fifth and sixth cataracts of the Nile, approximately one hundred kilometres north of Khartoum. During the Meroitic period over forty kings and queens were buried there."
Gelati Monastery Within the four hectares monastic enclosure are royal graves, reflecting the monastery’s role as a burial place for the Georgian Royal family. (AB ev)
Great Spa Towns of Europe "The Prince's Chapel [in Lichtenthal Abbey] was built in 1288, and until 1372 was the burial place of the Margraves of Baden."
Gusuku of Ryukyu Tamaudun for the local second Sho Dynasty
Gyeongju Tombs of ancient Silla dynasty
Hué Tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945)
Imperial Tombs Chinese Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
Kaesong Goryeo Dynasty
Koguryo Tombs Burial site of kings from the Goguryo Kingdom (427 AD - 668 AD)
Kraków Wawel Cathedral - numerous Polish monarchs
Kremlin and Red Square Cathedral of the Archangel - various tsars
Medina of Marrakesh Saadian Tombs, containing about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty of Morocco (1554 - 1659)
Medina of Tunis Tourbet el Bey: "the last resting place of most of the Husainid dynasty rulers of Tunisia"
Meroe Contains the tombs of several Kentakes of Kush (as well as numerous Kings)
Monastery of Alcobaça Kings Afonso II, Afonso III, and their Queens Urraca of Castile and Beatrice of Castile are buried here, as well as King Pedro I and his mistress, In?s de Castro.
Monastery of Batalha first royal pantheon in Portugal
Mtskheta Georgian monarchs
Naples Santa Chiara for Bourbon Dynasty
Nesvizh "The physical presence of the Radziwills? remains in situ with the 72 coffins and sarcophagi of the Corpus Christy Church-Mausoleum." (AB)
Novodevichy Convent The cathedral served as burial place for women of the tsarist and ruling families (AB ev)
Poblet Monastery Kings and queens of Catalonia and Aragon
Prague St. Vitus Cathedral, tombs of Bohemian kings
Roskilde Cathedral Danish monarchs since the 15th century
Royal Joseon Tombs
Royal Palaces of Abomey Includes the royal tcmbs of Tegbessou (1728-1774), Kpengla (1774-1789) and Agouglo (1789-1797)
Samarkand (Gur-e Amir) family crypt of the Timurid Dynasty
Santiago de Compostela Cathedral: "The Royal Pantheon displays tombs and reclining statues of kings of Galicia and León that died in the 12th to 14th c.: Fernando II of León, Alfonso IX (VIII of Galicia), the queen Doña Berenguela (wife of Alfonso VII), Doña Juana de Castro (wife of Peter the Cruel) and Raymond of Burgundy, niece of Pope Callixtus II and son-in-law of Alfonso VI, among others."
Speyer Cathedral German emperors and kings, 1039-1308
St. Petersburg Peter and Paul Cathedral - almost all the Russian Emperors and Empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II
Studenica Monastery Contains the remains of the first Serbian kings
Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius Confucius' tomb and the remains of more than 100,000 of his descendants
Tombs of Buganda Kings Royal Tombs of the Baganda (4, since late 19th century)
Urbino From 1538, the (now former) monastery of Santa Chiara became the ducal dynastic burial place with the burial of Duke Francesco Maria I Della Rovere, his wife Eleonora Gonzaga, his son Cardinal Giulio Della Rovere, his daughter-in-law Giulia Varano (first wife of Duke Guidobaldo II) and his niece Eleonora or Lavinia Della Rovere (daughter of Duke Guidobaldo II and Vittoria Farnese).
Venice and its Lagoon Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo for the Venetian doges
Verona Scaliger Tombs
Vienna Habsburgs Imperial Crypt Capuchin Church
Westminster Westminster Abbey, English and British Monarchs
Yin Xu Nine royal tombs from the Late Shang Dynasty (1300-1046 BC)


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