- "A vast tomb lies over me in Halicarnassus, of such dimensions, of such exquisite beauty as no other shade can boast."
- –Lucian of Samosata
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is useful to both maritime civilizations and those focused on wonder production. The Great Admiral it grants and all others the owner generates will provide twice the normal retirement bonuses (most of which strengthen either a player's navy or economy), and Great Engineers with additional charges can build wonders and develop cities in record time. Qin Shi Huang's China can use its Builders to expedite production of this wonder, which will be particularly valuable to them (or any other civilization) if they're hoping to win a Science Victory.
Civilopedia entry Edit
The Persian satrap Mausolus had a tomb built for himself that was so lavish and beautiful that the term “mausoleum” would subsequently be used for any stately tomb. Planned before his death in the city of Halicarnassus, a coastal town on the shores of what is now western Turkey, it was completed after his death in 353 BCE. Many writings from antiquity mention the Mausoleum’s beauty, and it was declared one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Artemisia, widow to Mausolus, hired famous sculptors to work the stone and marble, and its sides were emblazoned with bas-reliefs of mythical creatures. Atop a pyramidal roof, supported by columns and solid stone, was a bronze chariot bearing depictions of Mausolus and Artemisia, together in death for eternity—or the early 15th Century, when the whole thing was toppled by earthquakes.