NS6065 : The Egyptian Vaults

taken 6 years ago, near to Glasgow, Great Britain

The Egyptian Vaults
The Egyptian Vaults
Above the doorway is a winged hourglass. The fluted column and base at the top of the picture are not part of this structure, but are simply the lower part of the NS6065 : John Knox Monument, which is also referred to below.

George Blair, in his 1857 work "Biographic and Descriptive Notes of the Glasgow Necropolis" mentions "the construction of the Egyptian vaults on the western declivity of the hill, near Knox's monument". He then goes on to explain their purpose (as it was at that time), namely, that "the Egyptian vaults were erected, or rather excavated, in 1837, to afford the necessary accommodation for receiving the remains of the departed in those numerous instances where it was necessary to prepare a tomb after, perhaps, a sudden bereavement. ... It often happens that purchasers select particular spots in which there is no tomb prepared; and the process of excavating these tombs in the solid rock of the Necropolis is necessarily a work of time".

Later in the same work, Blair goes on to explain the name, and to point out the physical features of the gateway: "The Egyptian vaults are so called because they are thoroughly Egyptian in the massive style of the architecture. Over the gate, which exhibits four pairs of inverted torches crosswise, is carved an emblematic representation of the rapid flight of time."

Compare the shape of the entrance with those shown in NM4167 : Lighthouse Keepers' Accommodation, another deliberate reference to Egyptian architecture.
Glasgow Necropolis
The Necropolis is 37 acres in extent, and was formally opened in 1833. Like the Père Lachaise in Paris, it was laid out as a garden cemetery. In 1966, its ownership was transferred from the Merchants House of Glasgow to what is now Glasgow City Council. See LinkExternal link for further information.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 8 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 25 August, 2012
Geographical Context
Burial ground, Crematorium 
Place (from Tags)
Glasgow Necropolis 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 6039 6552 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:51.7548N 4:13.9381W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 6038 6552
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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