Cryptes et mausolées

The crypts and mausoleums of Mount Royal Cemetery

What is a crypt?

A crypt is a place, located either inside or outside, where a person’s body can be laid to rest in their coffin.

This mode of burial replaces traditional interment in a cemetery. Using a crypt or a vault offers several advantages over a simple burial in a cemetery.


History and etymology

The term “crypt” comes from the Greek “kryptos,” meaning “hidden” or “underground.” Used since antiquity, crypts have evolved to become sacred places, often associated with churches or cathedrals. They initially served as burial places before taking on more diversified roles.

What is a mausoleum?

A mausoleum is a large funerary monument, either interior or exterior. It generally houses the remains of a person or a group of people. Built to honor the deceased, it often symbolizes power and wealth.

The first mausoleums

The origin of mausoleums dates back to Antiquity. The most famous is undoubtedly the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. Built in the 4th century BC, it is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This monument has inspired many others throughout the centuries.

Mausoleums are present in many cultures around the world. Their architecture and significance vary according to the times and regions.

History at Mount Royal Cemetery

Since 1852, we have been committed to offering various options to honor and preserve the memory of your loved ones, harmoniously integrating our projects into the natural beauty of our cemetery.

Ensure the longevity of your family heritage by reserving a unique spot today, and create a timeless story that will span generations.

The different functions of crypts and mausoleums

Durable protection

Crypts and mausoleums offer optimal protection against natural elements, ensuring the long-term preservation of remains. Crypts are ideal for withstanding the harsh winters of Quebec.

Preservation of heritage

Family crypts and mausoleums allow for generations to be brought together in a single place, facilitating reflection and the transmission of family heritage. Families can visit a single location to honor multiple members, fostering a sense of unity and continuity.

Symbolic and heritage value

An investment in a crypt or mausoleum adds a solemn and prestigious dimension to the memory of the deceased.

They are often located in prime locations, making them particularly respected places of commemoration.

New prestigious locations for crypts and mausoleums

Serenity Summit

Situated on one of the highest points of Mount Royal, discover our new exclusive section, the Serenity Summit. Limited to 78 crypts and nearly 300 east-facing niches, this privileged area offers an unparalleled view of Montreal and absolute tranquility in the heart of nature.

Located in the heart of the historic Lilac Knoll section, among trees and fragrant lilacs, these structures offer a modern, yet timeless and elegant option for your family. The Lilac Knoll Garden Crypts, where family memories bloom eternally!

The Mausoleums of Mount Royal Cemetery

The John Molson Mausoleum

John Molson emigrated to Canada from England in 1782. The Molson family became famous for founding the largest brewery in Canada, which continues its operations to this day. He is also known as the first owner of a steamboat. He sadly passed away on January 11, 1836.

His wife, Sarah Ineley Vaughan, and their sons John Jr., Thomas, and William Molson purchased a mausoleum at Mount Royal Cemetery, where the family rests in peace eternally.

The Sir George Alexander Drummond Mausoleum

A businessman, patron, and philanthropist, George Drummond left Scotland in 1854 to support his brother-in-law, John Redpath, in managing Canada’s first sugar refinery.

As a successful entrepreneur in Montreal, he was appointed a Canadian senator in 1888 and was knighted in 1904.

His second wife, Grace Julia Parker Hamilton, played a significant role in the community by leading numerous charitable and cultural organizations He married Helen, the daughter of Redpath, who was the first to be buried in this mausoleum in 1883.

The Workman Mausoleum

William Workman was a Canadian businessman, politician, and philanthropist of Scottish origin. After emigrating to Lower Canada, he founded a successful hardware business in Montreal. Elected Mayor of Montreal from 1868 to 1871, he modernized the city’s infrastructure. Workman was also a dedicated philanthropist, supporting numerous social and educational causes. His legacy endures in the history of Montreal.

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