The finest example of Mughal architecture and one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, the Taj Mahal was constructed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, who died in childbirth in 1531.
Valley of the Kings
This famed valley on the West Bank of the Nile was the burial place for pharaohs and nobles from 1539 BC to 1075 BC. It contains some 60 tombs, including the famous King Tut's Tomb.
Mastaba of Mereruka
Built for a pharaoh's vizier around 2200 BCE, the Mastaba (flat-topped tomb) of Mereruka has 32 rooms and featured detailed decoration inside.
This Neoclassical church was originally part of an abbey dedicated to St. Genevieve, but since the 18th century it has served primarily as a burial place for French heroes.
Tomb of Abraham Lincoln
Springfield, IL, USA
The Lincoln Tomb in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary, and their sons, Edward, William, and Thomas.
A huge complex second only to Karnak in size and better preserved, Medinet Habu is home to the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III, erected around 1180 BCE. It features a huge pylon and many reliefs, plus an older temple by Hatshepsut.
Originally built as Emperor Hadrian's mausoleum in c. 128-39 CE, this impressive round structure was later used as a papal castle and prison. Today it is a museum.
This little round church was built around 360 to house the tombs of Constantine's daughter and sister. Its ceilings are covered in some of the earliest Christian mosaics in the world.
Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
This mausoleum was built for one of the most powerful women in western history, although she was probably never buried here. It is filled with splendid Byzantine mosaics and marble tombs from the early 5th century.
Shrine of Imam Hussain
The primary focus of pilgrimages to Karbala, this large shrine contains the tomb of Imam Husayn (d. 680), the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and a much-revered Shi'a martyr.
The Monumental Cemetery was constructed in 1278 with sacred earth brought back from Golgotha during the Crusades. Fully decorated with frescoes, it was the elegant burial place of the Pisan upper class until 1779.
São Vicente de Fora
Now the Royal Pantheon for the Portuguese monarchy, this church was originally part of a 12th-century convent. The current building dates from 1582-1627.