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westy54 wrote a review Feb 2019
Sydney, Australia6,503 contributions963 helpful votes
The Tomb of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919 - 1980), the last Shah of Iran, who was exiled in 1979, is located in a separate corner section of the Al-Rifai Mosque which was built between 1869 and 1912. After travelling to several countries following his exile from Iran, the Shah accepted an invitation by then Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to stay in Egypt which is where he died. The Shah was afforded an Islamic funeral with full military honours. The marble tomb sits slightly above the marble tiled floor in a room that has beautifully coloured marble walls. There is an Iranian flag from the time of the Shah at the head of the tomb and dozens of cats wandering about. There were also lots of flowers which we understood from our guide were replaced each day. The Al-Rifai mosque is also the final resting place of a number of Egyptian royalty including King Farouk I, the last reigning King of Egypt, who himself was exiled from Egypt and died in Rome. King Farouk I was the brother in law of the Shah of Iran, his sister, Princess Fawzia Fuad, being the Shah's first wife. In an interesting twist, the Shah's father, who was also exiled from Iran but died in South Africa, was buried in this same tomb in 1944 but his body was returned to Iran after WWII.
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Date of experience: October 2018
MahAshraf wrote a review Jan 2017
Cairo246 contributions64 helpful votes
The tomb of Iran's Shah is situated inside Al Rifai Mosque which was built during late 19th century as a memorial and a burial site for the Egyptian royal family (Mohamed Aly children). The place also hosts the tombs of the Egyptian royal family and King Farouk the last king of Egypt. The mosque was modeled after Mamluki architecture and is adjacent to Sultan Hassan's mosques which is a must-visit when in Cairo.
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Date of experience: June 2016
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