Worldly Achievement


The modern Romanesque mausoleum in the Rosehill Cemetery at Chicago has carved on it the laurel leaf. The vine starts half way up the rounded arch and leads to the top of the mausoleum where it culminates in a square on either side featuring the leaves of the plant. The laurel leaf represents special achievement—success and a triumph of worldly accomplishment. The mausoleum itself is a sign of worldly achievement but underscored by the symbolism of the laurel leaf.


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