Pillar Tombs

Tombs characterized by a single pillar or obelisk extending from the burial chamber, usually on the north or east side of the structure. This form is wholly distinctive to East Africa, being particularly typical of Swahili funerary architecture.

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Go Historic ID
30170
Names
pillar tombs
pillar tomb
minara
mnara
pillar-tomb
pillar-tombs
tomb, pillar
tombs, pillar
pilaartomben Dutch
pilares funerarios Spanish
pilar funerario Spanish

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Tombs characterized by a single pillar or obelisk extending from the burial chamber, usually on the north or east side of the structure. This form is wholly distinctive to East Africa, being particularly typical of Swahili funerary architecture.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300263483. The J. Paul Getty Trust.