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Mausoleum Of The Archangels

Holy Sepulcher Cemetery
Worth, Illinois

You can see the virtual tour HERE
(Photographed July 2009)


This structure has become a landmark in the South Suburbs, partially because of it's size, but mostly  because of the polished aluminum frame that resembles a sunburst that crowns the building. It's impossible to miss when you're driving through the intersection at 115th & Ridgeland. 

Inside, the Mausoleum features life-size statues of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.  This type of mausoleum is also known as a "garden crypt." Unlike the more time-honored mausoleum layout, the burial vaults are in the exterior walls, thus eliminating interior corridors.

The cemetery has quite a history. It was the first to open after WW I, the first to have lawn level grave markers, and the first to implement the policy that all future care was included in the cost of the grave. It's the resting place of Richard J. Daily, and one of the few cemeteries to offer upright headstones, albeit with strict requirements.  The Mausoleum of the Archangels was dedicated by Cardinal Bernardin in 1993.

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