monument enclosing the interment space or burial chamber of a deceased person or people

A mausoleum is a building used to store the remains of people who have died. Instead of being buried in soil, like in a cemetery, they are placed in chambers behind walls, or in a vault under the floor. The word came from the name of an ancient king.

Mausoleum in Brooklyn of a man who loved Ancient Egypt
A typical mausoleum

Lenin's Mausoleum


Soviet leader Lenin is a mausoleum. In 1953, Joseph Stalin was buried next to him but his body was removed during destalinization.