What is a mausoleum?

A mausoleum is a specially constructed building or burial chamber housing the tomb of a deceased person or multiple people. Derived from the word Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (near modern-day Bodrum in Turkey), it is believed to have originated from King Mausolus' large burial chamber, which was one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Cenotaphs are similar to mausoleums but are built in honor of people whose remains are interred elsewhere.