Mausoleums date back to ancient times. They also reached their heyday prior to the Depression in the United States. This class examines the history of mausoleums from a time before the pharaohs to the modern era. You will learn the difference between a crypt, a tomb, and the origin of the word “mausoleum.” Time will be spent exploring what is inside a mausoleum with a special focus on stained glass windows and the symbolism found on mausoleum doors. During this class, we will look at the difference between mausoleum burials and in-ground burials with consideration of the practice of embalming and its effects on the deceased and the environment. Two class periods will be spent discussing the different architectural building styles of mausoleums from Classical Revival to Art Deco and beyond. We will also look at some historical, humorous and creepy examples of mausoleums including the Castle of the Dead in Poland. No pre-requisite.