From times most ancient, mortal humans have acknowledged the passing of individuals from the temporal into the eternal.  Funerary practices are ubiquitous in human culture, to include the building of funerary architecture.  The prosperous amongst societies sometimes expend significant resources on the structure with which to mark the final location of their earthly remains, and those of their family members.  The Great Pyramid of Giza, and the Taj Mahal, are two such globally famous examples; and were even so before the advent of modern communications.

During the nineteenth and part of the twentieth century, elaborate funerary architecture was still in vogue.  Magnificent private mausolea were designed and built, not unlike cathedrals and temples.

Jacob Vulpine's Funerary Architecture website photographically addresses some of the more grand and unique executions of funerary architecture.  The author has appreciated fine architecture since childhood, having become aware of the magnificence of funerary architecture during early adulthood.  Resultantly, herein lies the melding of the author's appreciation of this architecture with his avocation of photography.

  What man can live and not see death, or save himself from the power of the grave?  Psalm 89:34  [NIV]

  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  Hebrews 9:27  [KJV]

  Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die.  But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.  2 Samuel 14:14  [NIV]

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