Several other photographs at the source.
Our tour group had the good fortune to attend a tour of Dushanbe’s Ismailite center. The city is one of six in the world where members of this Shia sect have their own cultural center. The other five are located in London, Lisbon, Vancouver, Dubai and Toronto. Developed by Canadian firm Farouk Noormohamed Design Associates, the project took into account elements of local culture, architecture and traditions.
The cornerstone was laid down in 2003, but construction only began in September 2005. Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and the spiritual leader of the Ismailites Karim Aga Khan IV were in attendance at the opening ceremony on 12 October 2009.