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Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, London
  • Mawlana Hazar Imam presided over the inauguration of the Ismaili Centre site at Cromwell Road, while Lord Soames performed the ceremony of foundation. Photo: Julian Calder Mawlana Hazar Imam presided over the inauguration of the Ismaili Centre site at Cromwell Road, while Lord Soames performed the ceremony of foundation. Julian Calder

    The Foundation Ceremony for the Ismaili Centre, London – the first such centre established in the Western world – took place on 6 September 1979. Mawlana Hazar Imam presided over the inauguration, as Lord Soames, the Lord President of the Council, performed the actual ceremony of foundation.

    Located in South Kensington, the structure would be built on a prominent island site along Cromwell Road, facing the Victoria and Albert Museum. Casson Conder Partnership, the architects had designed a building that would at once be compatible with its surroundings and reflect the mood of Islamic architectural tradition.

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