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‘Links to the Illuminati’, Masonic masters and a corpse that was evicted a year after being buried: The story behind America’s bizarre pyramid mausoleums – and even Nicolas Cage has one
Actor Nicolas Cage bought himself a plot in New Orleans in 2010 and had a 9ft pyramid shaped mausoleum built
Even though it seems strange, pyramids aren’t unusual in cemeteries, Cage is just late to the trend
Pyramid mausoleums were part of the Egyptian revival architecture movement in the early 19th century and in the US, most were built from 1865 to 1923
Though there are numerous pyramid tombs across the country, DailyMail.com looks at six of the most interesting mausoleums including a Zoroastrian fire temple and a tomb with an impostor buried inside
By Ann Schmidt For Dailymail.com
Published: 08:58 EST, 9 February 2017 | Updated: 11:04 EST, 9 February 2017
At the ripe old age of 46, Nicolas Cage bought himself a pyramid.
Not just any pyramid, a mausoleum where he apparently plans to be buried after he dies.
Theories and speculation abound about the unusual move. Some believe it’s a nod to his film National Treasure, others think it’s somewhere to store massive amounts of money or that it symbolizes Cage’s ‘membership’ of the Illuminati.
Whatever the answer is – and Cage has never commented on it – one cemetery expert has said that Cage’s purchase could mean that more pyramid-shaped mausoleums are on their way.
Architecture photographer Douglas Keister has published six books on the symbolism and architecture of cemeteries. Keister said that cemetery architecture goes through trends, following the general architectural fads of the time, like the Egyptian revival movement.
Around the same time was a movement to built mausoleums for deceased relatives, which pushed the production of pyramids in cemeteries.
In the US, pyramids were a part of the 'golden age of mausoleums', from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the Great Depression. Pictured is the Dorn Pyramid in San Luis Cemetery in California, built in 1905
What launched the mausoleum movement was the death of Prince Albert in 1861. Queen Victoria’s immediate response to memorialize her husband rubbed off on everyone else.
‘She started building monuments to Albert and so people said: “Well, I guess that’s what we’ve got to do”… You know, the moneyed people, they follow what other moneyed people do,’ Keister told DailyMail.com.
Egypt had also become popular after Napoleon attempted to invade the country in the early 19th century, so buildings – and mausoleums – were designed after Egyptian architecture.
‘All architecture in Egypt has something to do with death and the afterlife, so it’s a perfect fit for cemeteries, but it’s kind of an ironic fit because most cemeteries lean towards the religious… and Egyptian architecture is so pagan. But it’s all funerary,’ Keister said.
To ‘soften the pagan qualities’, Egyptian revival architecture in cemeteries often have Christian symbols like crosses or angels included.
In the US most mausoleums were built between the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the Great Depression in 1923, which Keister calls ‘the golden age of mausoleums’, which included pyramids.
But mausoleums are making a comeback.
‘There’s been a kind of resurgence with them,’ Keister said. ‘Because of things like ancestry.com, all of a sudden people want to search for all this stuff and they want to journey to see the graves.’
And then, when someone like Nicolas Cage has a mausoleum built, Keister said it is possible more will follow.
So for those interested in following Nicolas Cage’s trend, DailyMail.com has a brief guide on six of America’s pyramid mausoleums and the stories behind them.
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In the most famous cemetery in New Orleans, among rows and rows of intricate mausoleums, one burial spot sticks out among the rest and not just because it’s a 9ft-tall pyramid.
In 2010, Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage had the pyramid built in New Orleans’ St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 – also the resting place of the famous voodoo queen Marie Laveau.
Residents weren’t pleased about the pyramid being built in the already crowded cemetery and some complained that he damaged or removed older mausoleums to make room. But the pyramid could almost be a consolation prize for Cage, who had lost his two New Orleans properties to foreclosure in 2009.
One of those properties, the LaLaurie Mansion, is the most haunted house in New Orleans.
Dr. LaLaurie, a prominent dentist, and his charming socialite wife Delphine, moved into the house in the French Quarter in 1832. Soon after moving in, Delphine’s reputation for gruesomely mistreating slaves became well-known.
There are accounts of slaves being tortured, mutilated, chained to stoves and chased off balconies in the LaLaurie mansion and to this day, it has been the site of several hauntings. When Cage bought the mansion and had it renovated, human remains were even found under the floorboards.
He later told Event Magazine in 2014 that he bought the mansion to help him write a horror novel, but by 2009 it was foreclosed on and the novel was left unfinished.
Following the foreclosure, Cage decided to buy a different kind of New Orleans real estate – the last two grave plots in the city’s most famous cemetery – also where Delphine’s remains are believed to be buried.
Cage’s future resting place isn’t even your typical pyramid mausoleum. His name isn’t on it and it is marked only with the words ‘OMNIA AB UNO’ over the entryway. The phrase means ‘everything from one’ in Latin.
It is also marked by lipstick stains because visitors feel compelled to kiss the place where Nicolas Cage will be buried when he dies.
Gold miners and business partners August Sahlberg and Thomas Quirk had the Sahlberg Pyramid (pictured) built in the Santa Barbara Cemetery in 1902. After the friends died, an unrelated woman, Mary Hindry, brought her husband's body to the pyramid to be buried, claiming that two of the three remaining burial spots belonged to them
Quirk's wife Nellie contested Mary Hindry's claims, but Mary was allowed to keep her husband in the pyramid (pictured) for one year. When Mary didn't have any proof that she and her husband were supposed to be buried in the pyramid, she had to have her husband's remains removed and placed in a storage vault, where they stayed for seven years until they were finally cremated
By 1912 Quirk also died and was placed in the pyramid, leaving three spots left in the tomb.
The intention was that his wife Nellie, her new husband and Quirk’s daughter would be buried there when they passed, but in 1931 another woman came to claim spots for her deceased husband and herself.
The cemetery allowed Mary Hindry to place her husband’s remains in one of the spots as long as she would give proof within a year that he had a right to be buried there.
Nellie protested and when Hindry couldn’t prove her husband’s right to stay, she had to have his remains removed and put in a storage vault. They stayed there for seven years until they were finally cremated.
Nellie died 30 years after the dispute and was buried in her husband’s pyramid tomb alongside him in 1962.
Charles D. Poston (pictured), also known as the 'Father of Arizona' converted to Zoroastrianism after taking a trip to India. When he came back to Arizona, he built a Zoroastrian fire-temple, which was left unfinished
FIRE TEMPLE BURIAL: ECCENTRIC ‘FATHER OF ARIZONA’ ENDED UP IN A PAUPER’S GRAVE THANKS TO HIS GRAND PLAN FOR A ZOROASTRIAN TEMPLE
In the Arizona desert, one winding road leads up a hill that overlooks the town of Florence. At the top stands a mortared cobblestone pyramid that almost matches the color of the landscape around it.
This is Poston Butte and the pyramid is the beginning of what was supposed to be a Zoroastrian temple. Today it holds the remains of its builder, Charles D. Poston.
Poston was a lawyer from Kentucky who was orphaned at 12 years old and grew up to be a politician, explorer, entrepreneur and poet. He is most commonly known as the ‘Father of Arizona’ because he lobbied Congress to make Arizona a US territory.
He was also a bit eccentric. In 1868 he took a trip to visit China, India, Egypt and Europe, but while he was in India he was introduced to Zoroastrianism and converted.
Zoroastrianism is one of the oldest religions in the world, founded in ancient Iran 3,500 years ago by the prophet Zoroaster. Zoroastrianists worship one god, Ahura Mazda. Though they are sometimes labeled as fire-worshippers, Zoroastrianists just believe that fire represents god’s wisdom and they worship Ahura Mazda in a fire-temple.
Which is why, when Poston returned to Arizona and worked as the General Land Office in Florence, he built the pyramid at the top of what was Primrose Hill in 1878.
He used the ruins of a Native American structure to build his fire temple and placed a giant blue and white flag with a red sun over it.
However, the temple was left unfinished because he ran out of funds and though he wrote to the Shah of Persia, where Zoroastrianism was founded, to ask for financial help, Poston never got an answer.
Poston's fire-temple was built on the ruins of a Native American structure. It was left unfinished when Poston ran out of money, so he tried to get financial help from the Shah of Persia, where Zoroastrianism was founded, but Poston never got an answer
By the time he died in 1902, Poston was so poor that he was buried in a pauper’s grave in Phoenix, despite his wished to be buried in his beloved pyramid.
His remains stayed in the pauper’s grave until 1925, 100 years after his birth. As a way to honor his work in establishing Arizona, he was exhumed and reburied at his temple pyramid on the newly named Poston Butte, where he remains to this day.