Photo Galleries from the Ismaili Centres
Ismaili Centre Photo Galleries
The annual Nour Festival celebrates the best in contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture. As a partner in the festival, the Ismaili Centre, London hosted a series of events showcasing the colours, sounds and life of the Silk Route, incorporating Middle East and North Africa and its cultural influence across the regions.
Photographs of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, taken at the eve of the opening ceremony on 12 September 2014.
In May 2011, construction of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto and the Aga Khan Museum continued to progress. In this photo gallery, the slanting walls of the Aga Khan Museum are clearly visible, and the frame of the Ismaili Centre’s glass dome is being erected, over what will be a circular prayer hall.
Construction of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park began in after the Foundation Ceremony in May 2010. This photo gallery follows the progress of the project, which is currently underway.
The Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, together with the Aga Khan Museum and their Park took place on 28 May 2010. Situated along Wynford Drive in the city’s Don Mills area, projects were designed by three architects of international renoun: Charles Correa designed the Ismaili Centre, Fumihiko Maki designed the Museum and Vladimir Djurovic designed the Park.
Mawlana Hazar Imam and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper mark the Foundation of the Ismaili Centre, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park situated in Toronto’s Don Mills area. The Prime Minister used the occasion to formally announce the Canadian Parliament’s unanimous decision to make Mawlana Hazar Imam an Honorary Canadian Citizen.
Inspired by some of the region’s most distinctive monuments, the architecture of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe blends many different craft and artisanal traditions of Central Asia. Built in sandstone baked brick and glazed blue and turquoise tiles, it acknowledges the vernaculars of the 10th century mausoleum of the Samanids as well as the grand courtyards of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.
Construction of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe began in earnest in September 2005, with the first concrete ceremony performed by His Worship Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloev, the Mayor of Dushanbe. This photo essay follows the building’s progress over the next four years, until the eve of its inauguration on 12 October 2009.
The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe was opened on 12 October 2009 by His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, and Mawlana Hazar Imam. Hazar Imam and the President toured the facility prior to the Opening Ceremony.