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A view from Aswan: Pink granites and Aga Khan Mausoleum.
Aswan is a city in the south of Egypt, and is the capital of the Aswan Governorate. Aswan is a busy market and tourist centre located just north of the Aswan Dam on the east bank of the Nile at the first cataract.
The ‘Aswan Granite’ was the third most important stone used in Egyptian civili-sation, after sandstone and limestone. Its use for vases, stelae, statues, sarcophagi and buildings commenced from at least the Early Dynastic Period (Aston et al. 2000). In terms of quantities, its largest use was during the Old Kingdom, par-ticularly associated with the 4th Dynasty pyramid complexes at Giza, and again during the New Kingdom for obelisks and colossal statues (Röder 1965, Ha-bachi 1984).
Sitting on the cliffs of the West bank of Nile is Aga Khan Mausoleum. It is the mausoleum of Aga Khan III, Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah, who died in 1957. The mausoleum is located at Aswan, along the Nile of Egypt, since Egypt was formerly the center of power of the Fatimids. The mausoleum is built in the style of the Fatimid tombs in Cairo. It is built of pink granite, 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 (from Wikipedia).

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  • Copyright: Ecmel Erlat (ecmel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 128 W: 0 N: 238] (1692)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2020-02-13
  • Camera: Canon EOS 200D
  • Exposure: f/0.7, 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2020-07-10 0:36
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