TIPS 18: History of the columbarium and how does a columbarium work?

The columbarium was first observed on the rooftops of ancient Rome, modeled on sectional bird houses. This explains the roots of the Latin term columba which means dovecote or house of doves. For human remains, the Romans built underground niches to store decorated urns.

The use of columbaria then developed in ancient Asia within the Buddhist faith. These structures were built to resemble temples and ornate resting places.

How does a columbarium work?
The columbarium is a popular and affordable way to preserve human remains. After the cremation of a body, the ashes are placed in an urn which is then “embedded” or fixed in a niche. This is done by cemetery staff and usually takes place during an ashes burial ceremony.
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