Mausoleum of Aga Khan, Aswan

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Perched on a cliff, Mausoleum of Aga Khan serves as the final resting place of the 48th spiritual leader of the Ismaili sect and a significant figure in the secession of India and the foundation of Pakistan. The white marble tomb, set within a sophisticated pink granite edifice, is adorned by a new, fresh, single red rose daily--a tradition started by Khan's widow, who died in 2000 and was buried alongside him. Though the mausoleum is closed to visitors, you can hike around it and be rewarded with scenic views. To visit Mausoleum of Aga Khan and other attractions in Aswan, use our Aswan online vacation planner.
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  • The Mausoleum of Aga Khan III sits high on the west bank of the Nile river at Aswan. Khan died in 1957 and wanted to be buried near the villa where he spent the winter seasons. It’s said that Khan’s.....  more »
  • I observed the Mausoleum of Aga Khan from our cruise ship and got a little closer during a felucca ride. I thought it was suitably unavailable as a tourist stop, but it adds to the historical...  more »
  • Really nice place with a lot to see. I recommend going at sunrise or sundown.
  • اقامه رئيس الطائفة الاسماعيلية عند زيارته مدينة اسوان وكان يعانى من الروماتيزم فتاعلاج فى رمال اسوان وهى مثال للسياحة الصحية فشيد قبره على هضبة باجمل الزخارف الاسلامية والفارسية والهندية High up on the west bank of the Nile in Aswan stands the tomb of Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III, the 48th Imam of the Ismailis, who died in 1957, and of his wife the Begum, who died in 2000. The Mausoleum is a very elegant pink granite structure of late 1950 origin. The Aga Khan succeeded his father in 1885 when he was eight to become the 48th Imam. Upon his death on 11 July, 1957, he was succeeded to the Imamat by his grandson, Prince Karim Aga Khan, who celebrated his golden jubilee in July 2007. “He used to say ‘Egypt is the flag of Islam’. And he wanted to be buried here. Then we looked around and one day while on the Nile in a felucca with the Director, who said: ‘But why do you insist on finding somewhere to be buried? You see that house’? It was absolutely closed and neglected. ‘It is on sale. Why don’t you buy it and enjoy yourself here’? My husband replied: ‘But I agree. Provided I have the permission to build a mausoleum behind’. And we bought it.” The villa was named Noor al Salaam. “He put the house entirely in my hands saying: ‘You will choose the mausoleum. The style and everything else – do as you like. style and everything else – do as you like. I want to be buried here’.” Aswan was the favourite wintering place of the Aga Khan and the Begum , and the family's white villa, Noor al Salaam, is seen in the garden beneath the tomb. This magnificent mausoleum of Aga Khan III was modelled on the Fatimid tombs in Egypt. “Now building the mausoleum was a great task for me. I was not sure of which style. But my husband had told me to see one of his friends at the American University, a British professor specializing in Islamic architecture. He took me all over Cairo and finally I made my choice, but if you see what I chose to copy, what inspired me, you may not see a resemblance. The mausoleum has an excellent view, including the Aga Khan's white villa below, and is near the Monastery of St. Simeons on the west bank at Aswan. His Begum, or wife, lived in the villa three months of the year. Every day that his widow was at the Villa, she placed a Red Rose on his white Carrara marble tomb. Omme Habibah, popularly referred to as "The Begum" or Mata Salamat by the Ismailis died on July 1st, 2000. The other months, a gardener filled this function. “And something that maybe nobody knows is that this monument was made entirely by hand. Most of the marble is carved from one piece. It is the only thing, coming from abroad Carara marble, a very special and rare pure kind of Carara. The remainder, granite and sandstone from Aswan.”.
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