Aga Khan Mausoleum Aswan information, tours, Booking
Aga Khan mausoleum built in honor of Sultan Mohammad Shah, Aga Khan III. In fact, Aga Khan Mausoleum located in Aswan, Egypt. Aga Khan was the 48th Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. He also was one of the founders of the All-India Muslim League. Moreover, he even served as President of the League of Nations in 1937. Aga Khan was the spiritual leader of the Ismailis, a Shiite sect which developed in India. Though this spiritual leader died in 1957. The mausoleum still stands and seen above the white villa in Aswan where he once lived. In fact, Aga Khan mausoleum seen even from as far away as the Nile. Aga Khan III was wealthy. In fact, his people say that on his birthday in the year 1945 he weighed in diamonds. He then gave to his followers in a spirit of generosity.
Aga Khan mausoleum built according to his wife Yvette Blanche Labrousse’s wishes. She also known as Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan and then given the title Mata Salama. When Aga Khan knew that he will die, he decided to build a location for his burial place. He liked it to be somewhere along the West Bank of the Nile River. Om Habibeh oversaw the construction of the mausoleum. It was after her husband died. She finished the project in 16 months with the help of famous architects and contractors. In fact, the mausoleum structure recognizable by its elegance. It also recognizable by its special use of pink granite and calcareous sandstone. The interior of the building features light colors and red carpet.
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In fact, it still regularly maintained. The entrance to Aga Khan mausoleum requires a hard climb on a stepped path. It followed by an esplanade from which a flight of steps comes up. Etiquette requires that all visitors keep silent out of respect. After Agha Khan’s death, his surviving widow continued to leave a red rose on his white Carrara marble tomb. Living in the villa, she managed to do this faithfully until her own death in 2000. Even to this day, as per request of Matta Salama, a red rose still finds its way to the sarcophagus. Always check for available times and Tours in Aswan to see whether the Mausoleum opened to the public or not.. This is one of the grandest and most romantic sites in all Lower Egypt. So make plans to buy a land tour that includes the mausoleum.