Massive Pyramid Planned as Global Mausoleum in Germany

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One day, a monumental structure intended as a global mausoleum could rise from the vast fields of eastern Germany's Saxony-Anhalt region.

Planned for the area around the city of Dessau, a pyramid nearly twice as high as the Empire State Building in New York could be the final resting place for people from all over the world.

Every stone contains an urn and reservations can be made online. If demand is low, the height of the pyramid will be reduced.

Dutch star architect Rem Koolhaas is supporting the project that forms part of the architectural contribution Updating Germany at the Venice Biennale, which runs until November 23.

Locals were not exactly enthusiastic when plans for such a colossal piece of architecture were first presented several months ago.

Despite the prospect of new jobs and pyramid-related tourism, there were protests against the "mass grave."

Nevertheless, supporters of the pyramid are not giving up and are seeking approval for its construction from the Dessau city council.

"Reasons given by opponents so far have been very irrational," said Thomas Busch, an architect and city councilor. "The region cannot afford to let go of such an idea."

Dessau has a reputation as a design and architectural center and is famous for its Bauhaus designers like Marcel Breuer or Walter Gropius...

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