AN IMPERIAL MAUSOLEUM

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Every dynasty should have a proper resting place for the entire family. In my fantasy series, the current family who rules Gradaia have such a place inside of the Imperial Palace. I have taken inspiration from one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. There is even a unique custom of how an Imperial funeral is held. Whenever a member of the Imperial Dynasty dies, their body is publicly and ceremonially cremated before being poured into a vat of molten gold. The ashes are mixed with the gold and molded into a statue in the deceased’s idealized likeness. Then the statue is placed in the mausoleum with the others with their name plastered underneath it. So the mausoleum is a combination between a tomb and an art gallery.

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