Stelae are stones or wooden slabs, generally taller than wide, erected for funerals or commemorative purposes, most usually decorated with the names and titles of the deceased or living — inscribed, carved in relief, or painted onto the slab. Only sites with their stelae still in situ are included.
World Heritage Sites connected to 'Stelae':
Aksum The Stelae have most of their mass out of the ground, but are stabilized by massive underground counter-weights. The stone was often engraved with a pattern or emblem denoting the king's or the noble's rank.Biblical Tells Tel Hazor features many stelae now on display at the site museum.Calakmul Calakmul is especially noteworthy for the large number (120
to date) of stelae that have been found on the site. Several of those are still in situ, others at museums.Copan Echmiatsin and Zvartnots KhachkarsEl Tajin Gusuku of Ryukyu Shuri Castle: On both sides of the stone steps leading to the Zuisemmon seven stelae featuring investiture envoys' handwritings (nom file)Gyeongju
Gyerim Woods Stele memorializing the founding myth of Silla. "This legend is inscribed on a memorial stele erected in 1803, the 3rd year of King Sunjo of Chosun dynasty." - Nomination FileHaghpat and Sanahin
KhachkarsImperial Tombs Every tombs of Ming and Qing Emperors have stelae with tomb owner's record of good thingsJelling RunestonesKoguryo Kingdom The stele of King Gwanggaeto of Goguryeo was erected in 414 by King Jangsu as a memorial to his deceased father. It is carved out of a single mass of granite, stands nearly 7 meters tall and has a girth of almost 4 meters. The inscription is written exclusively in Classical Chinese and has 1802 characters.Konso monolithic stone stele reflecting the success of warriors (AB ev)Monastery of Geghard KhachkarsMount Taishan Dai Miao The site contains a number of well-preserved steles from the Huizong reign, some of which are mounted on bixi tortoises. There is a much later, Qianlong-era bixi-mounted stele as well. Mount Wutai For a thousand years from the Northern Wei period (471-499) nine Emperors made 18 pilgrimages to pay tribute to the bodhisattvas, commemorated in stele and inscriptions (unesco website)My Son Scholars have found approximately 32 steles at Mỹ S?n, dated between the 5th and the 12th century A.DOrkhon Valley Stelae with runic inscriptions at Turkic memorials of Kh?sh?? TsaidamQuirigua Rock Drawings in Valcamonica Stelae at Naquane National Archaelogical ParkRoyal Joseon Tombs All Joseon Dynasty Tombs contain this type of stelae. - Bigak, a building which has a stone monument where the names of the king and the queen are written at the front, while at the back was written the list of the king's accomplishments.Site of Xanadu marble stele were found (AB ev)Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius The Cemetery contains more than 100,000 tombs of the descendants of Confucius, bearing stelae, stone figures, celestial pillars, and other funerary furniture. There are over sixty structures (gates, sacrifice halls, and stele pavilions) for ceremonial and sacrificial use." - AB DocumentTiwanaku severalTiya Has 36 standing stones or stelae, "32 of which are engraved with enigmatic symbols, notably swords,"West Lake stele of the tomb of Lin Bu, a hermit in the
Song DynastyXochicalco Plaza of the Stele of the Two Glyphs