If you drive up the M74 motorway towards Glasgow from the south, this interesting building stands out on its own near the town of Hamilton on your left side. And it has one unique and surprising feature.
The Hamilton Mausoleum is just about the only remaining evidence of the huge and wealthy Hamilton estate which dated from the 14th Century and included firstly a huge castle and later a spectacular palace, both long since demolished. The nearby town of Hamilton received its name from the Hamilton family and estate.
The mausoleum was built by Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, 10th Duke of Hamilton, as a replacement for his family's burial vault which had hitherto been in part of a collegiate church within the place itself. Built between 1842 and 1858, it is to a Roman-style design with a hemispherical dome with an oculus, presumably as an attempt to imitate the Pantheon in Rome.
The structure was designed not only as a burial chamber, the 10th Duke and fourteen of his ancestors subsequently being interred here, but also as a family chapel. However, most curiously, the building was never able to be used for that purpose because of the acoustic qualities of its interior. The Hamilton Mausoleum has the longest-lasting echo of any building in the World - about 15 seconds!
Unfortunately, when I went to visit this place today, I discovered that an eight-foot high perimeter fence has been built around it as it was suffering badly from vandalism and graffiti. Thankfully there was enough room for me to be able to poke my lens through a gap.
Shot in RAW and converted and edited in PSE9.
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Sonata11 (33679) 2011-11-07 17:07
what a fantastic composition and frame of this wonderful architecture from an excellent point of view. The beautiful colors, sharpness, clarity are fantastic. Great job of htis image. I like it. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
cargus (9419) 2011-11-07 21:58
Une scène intéressante d’architecture, magnifiques couleurs, , image claire
et bien fait.!!
csabagaba (6630) 2011-11-07 22:09
Interesting building, a branch of the English Roman historicism. This is not a "palladianizmus", but completely different. It is not the Italian Renaissance palace architecture, but in Roman times trying to go back a bit eclectic. (Note that you can put your mind) The comments echo a good addition. I am sorry that such a bad state. Image beautifully illustrates the building.
saxo042 (37604) 2011-11-08 9:23
This looks like a typical monument from the 19th century, a mixture of different styles. You have found a good POV here where we can enjoy all the details in light from different dirctions. You have achieved many fine colours here. I also like the foreground stairs with a spotlight from the sun as an accent. A nice sleeping lion!
weetrees (15) 2011-11-08 15:41
You got caught out by the 8 foot fence, you dont remember from being a youngster growing up in Lanarkshire. I have similarly found difficulty shooting a decent shot whilst taking in the fence!
The graffiti unfortunately has to stay on the building. I heard historic Scotland had a fit when they heard of the councils plan to remove it.
Seriously i know it sounds fantastical but without spending a staggering amount of money on restoration rather than just cleaning it off they said it had to stay.. So the council put up a fince to stop more
My take on it here http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/United_Kingdom/Scotland/South_Lanarkshire/Hamilton/photo1166536.htm
takes this into account by shoting at night on a freezing cold xmas eve and using the trees and snow to distract the eye from the fence and graffiti!
Though looking at that image of mine i have since reworked it and improved it as it looks kinda flat now :-)
Have a good one
emka (85445) 2011-11-08 23:14
Wonderful monument, really like from antique times, Roman or Greek. Superb view with the tree and sleeping lion, well managed the light. and wonderful blue sky.
Interesting this long echo, why it is so? 15 second - it is long. I would love to see you poking your camera in the gap to make this shot, haha,
I do not know anything about dukes of Hamilton, but I see this name many times a day - William Hamilton was Irish mathematician and Hamiltonian it the basic idea in quantum mechanics.
Malgo (packing slowly :))
jadesgran (5369) 2011-11-09 13:18
A very informative note-thankyou.A lot of history with this mausoleum, and I like your P.O.V, capturing many features,even if you had to poke your lens through a gap in the fence.
Kind Regards Gladys.
P.S. Thankyou for your kind comments on my photo `They`re Off`
delpeoples (54773) 2011-11-19 17:54
What an interesting little find! So this is where all the dead Hamiltons hang out eh? How very presumptuous of them to try to imitate the oculous of the Pantheon -where the Emperors of Rome lie in state. People were so full of themselves in those days weren't they? Actually we're full of ourselves these days, but much more concerned with the trappings of this life than the afterlife. Enough ranting, the mausoleum is very impressive all the same, and in good nick too. The golden light shining on the left face of the edifice is very beautiful and you managed the exposition overall extremely well. It would have been easy to blow out the sky, but you didn't, you clever wee Scot. And the Autumnal colours in the trees are again a little bonus for us. Nice work, have a great weekend.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (21826)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-11-07
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Tiffen 77mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-11-07 15:30