What is monument?

  • (noun): A burial vault (usually for some famous person).
    Synonyms: repository
    See also — Additional definitions below


A monument is a type of structure either explicitly created to commemorate a person or important event or which has become important to a social group as a part of their remembrance of historic times or cultural heritage, or simply as an example of historic architecture. In English the word "monumental" is often used in reference to something of extraordinary size and power, as in monumental sculpture, but also to mean simply anything made to commemorate the dead, as a funerary monument or other example of funerary art. The word comes from the Latin "monere," which means 'to remind' or 'to warn.' The term is often used to describe any structure that is a significant and legally protected historic work, and many countries have equivalents of what is called in United Kingdom legislation a Scheduled Monument, which often include relatively recent buildings constructed for residential or industrial purposes, with no thought at the time that they would come to be regarded as "monuments".

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Some articles on monument:

J. B. Van Heutsz - Monument
... During the 1920s and 1930s, monuments to Van Heutsz were erected throughout the major cities of the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies including Amsterdam, Banda Aceh and Batavia ... On 15 June 1935, The Van Heutsz Monument in South Amsterdam (Amsterdam-Zuid) was inaugurated by Queen Wilhelmina ... The monument underwent many defacements several times during various protests from 1965 to 2004 ...
Rajshahi College and The Language Movement
... is often thought to be the first (but short lived) martyr monument dedicated to the Language Movement ... The present monument to the Language Movement dates from 1973 ... It was built to replace an earlier monument, built in 1969, that was destroyed by Pakistani forces in 1971.(this is the first monument-snoman) ...
George William Childs - Philanthropy
... Margaret's, Westminster (1888), a monument to Leigh Hunt at Kensal Green, a William Shakespeare memorial fountain at Stratford-on-Avon (1887), and a monument to ... donation to complete the Edgar Allan Poe monument in Baltimore ...
Types of Monuments - Gallery of Large Iconic Monuments
... for his wife Kościuszko Mound, Kraków, Poland commemorates Tadeusz Kościuszko National Monument, Jakarta, commemorates Indonesian independence The Trajan's Column a symbol of the ...
Francis S. Bartow - Memorialization - Savannah's Monument
... About 1910, the council decided to build the Oglethorpe Monument at Chippewa Square ... Both generals' busts were therefore relocated to the Confederate Monument at Forsyth Park ...

More definitions of "monument":

  • (noun): A structure erected to commemorate persons or events.
    Synonyms: memorial
  • (noun): An important site that is marked and preserved as public property.

Famous quotes containing the word monument:

    If a man do not erect in this age his own tomb ere he dies, he shall live no longer in monument than the bell rings and the widow weeps.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    I see his monument is still there.
    Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933)

    It is remarkable that the dead lie everywhere under stones.... Why should the monument be so much more enduring than the fame which it is designed to perpetuate,—a stone to a bone? “Here lies,”M”Here lies”;Mwhy do they not sometimes write, There rises? Is it a monument to the body only that is intended?
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)