Repairs to the roof of one of South Lanarkshire’s most significant cultural landmarks are now complete.
More than £500,000 was spent on the repairs to Hamilton Mausoleum, one of the town’s most famous buildings.
Built in the grounds of the now-demolished Hamilton Palace, the dome-shaped building was built as a tomb and monument to Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, nicknamed ‘El Magnifico’, but was incomplete at the time of his death in 1852.
The unique structure of the building provides amazing acoustics, and the echo inside the Mausoleum can last for around 15 seconds – one of the longest in the world.
Chair of South Lanarkshire Council’s Community and Enterprise Resources Committee, Councillor Robert Brown, said: “It’s great to see these works now completed and the Mausoleum is once again looking magnificent.
“It is a cultural treasure for both the local community and the whole country.
“The lead and guttering on the flat and domed roofs have been replaced which should make the building watertight and allow us to welcome visitors back to this stunning landmark.”
Tours of the building are available on the first and third Sunday of each month until 6 November.