Photographer's Note

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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