The Hamilton Mausoleum is probably the most recognised erection on the Lanarkshire skyline. Building began in 1842 at the instruction of Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, who modestly liked to be referred to as ‘El Magnifico’. The Mausoleum is actually a chapel with a burial chamber in the crypt. Unfortunately, once work was completed, the chapel was entirely unusable due to an anomaly of the architectural design – the interior produced a marked echo; indeed, at fourteen seconds, it is the longest echo in Europe. Within the chapel there is a black marble sarcophagus, bought in Egypt by Alexander in preparation for his eventual death and interment. Not put off by the original occupant being somewhat shorter than he, the Duke had the sarcophagus interior carved out further to accommodate his height. Here he remained, while seventeen of his ancestors lay buried in the vault below, until the coffins were finally removed to a nearby cemetery after the vault flooded. Originally, the Mausoleum stood within the grounds of the Hamilton Palace, built in 1695 and demolished in 1921 because of subsidence. The Mausoleum is all that remains now, apart from the Chatelherault hunting lodge high above Hamilton, with its line of vision looking directly down toward the Mausoleum, once a marked by rows of trees connecting the two.
This is a reworking of an archived shot, converted into monochrome to accentuate the tones and contrasts. I have also used graduated blurring to give the effect of a tilt and shift lens and to draw the eye to the Mausoleum itself.
The avenue leading to the Mausoleum. I liked the orange highlights provided by the leaves, and how these drew my eye along the path and right to the building itself, which echoed the same tones as the leaves.
An experimental image of the Oculus of Hamilton Mausoleum.
Most of the images here were taken by me; this one is the exception to that rule, as it was taken by someone else – but it is an image of me, so that’s allowed, I think. The image was made by Gavin. It was captured during a visit to the Hamilton Mausoleum during the ‘Open Doors’ weekend in Lanarkshire, when various buildings and places are opened to the public, who are given free entry. Many of these places are not open at any other time, such as the Mausoleum. The resting place of (and monument to) the tenth Duke of Hamilton, the Mausoleum is the most prominent and well known landmark in Hamilton, not least of all because of it’s astonishingly long echo.
I love the monochrome / sepia treatment the image has been given, which certainly suits the surroundings.
You can see more of Gavin’s excellent work at his personal blog.
Captured during a visit to Hamilton Mausoleum as part of the ‘Doors Open’ weekend, this image is the cupola and oculus at the summit of the Mausoleum. The Mausoleum boasts the longest echo in Europe, at fourteen seconds. It says much of the vanity of the tenth Duke, building such an opulent erection in memory of himself. All the same, the building in undeniably impressive.