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The Mausoleum of Halikarnassos at The British Museum

The Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, lives on in fragments at the British Museum.

This monumental tomb was built in the city of Halikarnassos (modern-day Bodrum, Turkey) in the 4th century BCE as a final resting place for Mausolos, a local satrap, and his wife Artemisia II.

The British Museum is home to a collection of sculptures and architectural elements that once adorned this grand mausoleum. While the structure itself no longer stands, these remains provide a glimpse into its former glory.

Artemisia and Mausolos of Halikarnassos
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Some of the key pieces from the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos in the British Museum include:

The Mausoleum's Frieze: This intricate frieze adorned the outer wall of the tomb and depicted a grand procession of chariots, horsemen, and various figures, showcasing the vibrant culture and artistry of the time.

The Amazonomachy: This section of the frieze is particularly captivating. It portrays a battle between Greeks and Amazons, legendary warrior women. The level of detail and craftsmanship is simply astounding.

Amazon Frieze of the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos at the British Museum
A detail of the Amazon Frieze at the British Museum

The Mausoleum Lions: You can't miss these colossal lion statues that once crowned the Mausoleum's roof. They were considered guardians of the tomb and are among the most iconic pieces from the site.

A Mausoleum Lion at the British Museum
A Mausoleum Lion at the British Museum

Visiting these remains at the British Museum is like taking a time machine back to ancient Halikarnassos. It's a reminder of the remarkable craftsmanship and artistry of the time, and of the enduring legacy of a structure that once stood as a testament to love and remembrance.


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As a traveler with an affinity for history, I'm sure you'd appreciate the opportunity to explore these evocative remnants from one of antiquity's most celebrated architectural achievements. Enjoy your journey through time at the British Museum!