[Tagging] Cenotaph WAS Re: Tagging memorial sites

Kevin Kenny kevin.b.kenny+osm at gmail.com
Thu Sep 22 21:09:10 UTC 2016

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The Titanic musicians' cenotaph in Southhampton is a plaque set in a wall,
but even it is made to look like a tomb set in the same wall.


The Archibald Butt cenotaph in Arlington is an empty grave, rather than an
empty tomb:


The Congressional Cemetery in Washington has monuments to 171 members of
the U.S. Congress who died in office. They're all called 'cenotaphs' in an
abuse of terminology, since somewhere between fifty and eighty of them mark
actual burial places. (The remainder truly are cenotaphs to individuals
whose remains are interred elsewhere.) The Congressional ones from 1816 to
1876 are built to a standard design by Benjamin Latrobe.


Generally, I would propose tagging anything as a 'cenotaph' only if it was
built intending that it should be venerated as a surrogate for the final
resting place of some person or persons whose remains lie elsewhere.

On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 11:27 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer <
dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2016-09-21 23:57 GMT+02:00 Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com>:
>> Some resemble a tomb, some don't .... some are statues, some are plaques,
>> some are columns.
>> Wikipedia has quite a few photos of some ...
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cenotaph
>> I suppose it depend on what you think a tomb looks like?
> yes, I suppose so as well. To me, all of these Cenotaphs that WP has an
> image for are looking like tombs. A "plaque" or "statue" are no cenotaphs,
> do you have an example for one of these?
> Cheers,
> Martin
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