Mausoleums are fascinating cemetery monuments in use since ancient times. This class examines their history, meaning, and amazing architecture. Unlike gravestones, most symbolism is found inside the mausoleum, so time will be spent discussing the meaning of stained glass windows found within their walls. We will look at the origin of the word “mausoleum” and why grand mausoleums are not being built today. You will learn the differences between mausoleum burial and in-ground burial, including what the effects of embalming have 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. In the last class, we will look as some historical, humorous, and creepy mausoleums including the Castle of the Dead in Poland. No pre-requisite is required. This class is suitable for high school students and older and would appeal to anyone interested in ancient history, architecture, or cemetery design.