Top Ten Missing Tombs and Graves of Historical FiguresNow obviously, there are a lot of notable historical figures. A lot of these people were revered during their time, and as a result, have well-made tombs. With the passage of time, however, some of these tombs have been lost to time, and we can only speculate about their current locations. Here, we are looking at the top ten missing tombs and graves of historical figures.
Perhaps the most well-known person on this list, Alexander the Great was one of the world's greatest conquerors and generals ever. Naturally, you would expect his tomb to be lavish. However, we currently don't even know it's location. What we do know is that he was originally interred in Memphis, Egypt, before being transported to Alexandria, Egypt in 280 B.C. In its time in Alexandria, it was said to have been visited by the likes of Cleopatra and Augustus, and was even looted a few times. Allegedly, in A.D. 199, Roman emperor Septimus Severus had Alexander's tomb sealed, and beyond that, our history of his tomb's whereabouts is murky. Over the course of the next thousand years, people have claimed to have visited Alexander's tomb, but none of these stories can be confirmed. Searches for Alexander's lost tomb have been undergone for hundreds of years. Most likely, his tomb is somewhere in Alexandria, Egypt.
Khan is one of the most well-known warlords ever, and he was the founder of the Mongol Empire. Genghis Khan died in 1227, and allegedly, he wanted to be buried in a place with no markings or any sign of where he was. And so it was. According to Marco Polo in one of his visits to Asia around 50 years after Khan's death, no Mongolian knew where his tomb was. Generally, it is believed that the mountain Burkhan Khaldun is the location of his tomb, as well as his birthplace. There have been searches for it around there, but the Mongolian government is strict about what goes on there, in part because the mountain is considered sacred by Mongolians. Khan's tomb might be found someday, but for now it is still lost to time.
In the case of the famous composer, his grave isn't necessarily lost, but we don't exactly know where it was. Mozart died in 1791, and was initially buried in a common grave in St. Marx Cemetery, in Vienna, Austria. A fancier gravestone was eventually erected at what was believed to be the site of his grave in 1855. But a policy existed at the time, where after ten years, a body was to be removed from its grave and moved elsewhere to make room for another body. So even if they got the correct spot of Mozart's grave, it's likely that his body is no longer there. Many people have claimed over the years to be in possession of some of the bones of Mozart, but the majority of those claims are unsubstantiated.
Perhaps the most well-known figure of the Renaissance, Da Vinci was originally laid to rest in the Church of St. Florentin, in Amboise, France, in 1519. Over 200 years later, during the French Revolution, his body was allegedly moved after the Chapel in question was destroyed. Debate exists to this day if they moved the right body, however. Currently, the supposed remains of Da Vinci are at the Chapel of Saint-Hubert in France.
In a similar vain to Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun had a quiet funeral and was buried in secret. However, it is said that he was buried in a triple coffin made from gold, silver, and iron. He is believed to be buried somewhere in Hungary, but almost no trace of his tomb has ever been found.
The tomb of Cleopatra and her lover Mark Antony remain elusive to this day, and it's never been quite known where it is. It is said that Augustus had them both put in a tomb, and it's location is generally believed to be in Alexandria, Egypt. There have been some recent breakthroughs, however, and we might soon find where the tomb really is.
Moses was the biblical figure who, along with his brother Aaron, led the Israelites out of Egypt to the land God had promised to their ancestors. Moses is said to have died at the top of Mount Nebo, overlooking the Promised Land in which he could not enter. Deuteronomy 34:6 states, "He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is." The Bible itself has said that no one quite knows where Moses is buried. Given that this was so long ago, we may never know either.
The English explorer Sir Francis Drake died in 1596, and wasn't given a traditional burial. Instead, he was dressed in his armor, put into a lead coffin, and was buried at sea off the coast of Panama. For quite some time now, divers have searched the area in search of his coffin. A few even came close in 2011, with the discovery of two of his scuttled ships on the seafloor. Still to this day, the location of Drake's coffin remains a mystery.
Alfred was one of England's most well-known and important kings ever. His body went through a series of tombs. He was first buried at Winchester in 899, then moved to a church to be buried near his family in 904. A couple hundred years later, his body was moved to Hyde Abbey in 1100. Another couple hundred years later, the abbey was destroyed and his tomb was ransacked. The whereabouts of his body have been unknown since. Some bones have been found around the site of the abbey that allegedly could have belonged to Alfred, but there's never been any solid evidence.
Paine was a philosopher and political theorist who is best known for his support of the 13 Colonies during the American Revolution, and authored the pamphlet, Common Sense, in 1776. Paine died in 1809, and was buried under a tree on his farm in upstate New York. A decade later, in 1819, a rival-turned-admirer of Paine's, William Cobbett, dug up his body and returned with it to England, in hopes of giving him a proper burial. It never came to fruition however, and the whereabouts of Paine's bones remain unknown today, though some people claim to possess some of them.