The Agha Khan Mausoleum




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The Agha Khan Mausoleum In Aswan

Introduction

The Mausoleum of Aga Khan III, Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah, who died in 1957. The mausoleum is located at Aswan, along with the Nile of Egypt, since Egypt was formerly the centre of power of the Fatimids.

The mausoleum is built in the style of the Fatimid tombs in Cairo. It is built of pink limestone, while the tomb is built of white Carrara marble. The Aga Khan was buried there two years after he died since he used to spend part of the winter season living in a nearby villa.

A red rose is laid on the Aga Khan’s tomb every day–a practice first started by the Aga Khan’s wife, Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan.

Due to his great love of Aswan, the 48th Imam of Iran; Agha Khan III spent the winter every year in the city and then after his death in 1957, his widow constructed this marvellous mausoleum for him in the place he was always fond of.

The Agha Khan Mausoleum became a landmark of Aswan, but unfortunately, it is now closed for public visits. However, it is always delightful to take a ride in a Felucca sailing boat to view the charm of the building from outside.