Aramgah-i Shah Nizar
Kahak, Iran
Shah Nizar's Mausoleum is a group of tombs marking the graves of the Shah Nizar (d. 1722/1134 AH), the fortieth imam of the Qasimshahi Nizari Isma'ilis, and other members of his family. He and his family are ancestors of the Aga Khan. Inscriptions ranging from 1699/1111 AH to the end of the 18th/12th century AH date the original structure to circa 1700/1111 AH. Renovations in 1966 significantly altered the tomb's appearance. 

The tomb is located in what was once probably the home of Shah Nizar. It lies at the edge of the village of Kahak along the base of the hill overlooking the village from the west. Just to the north stands a large Safavid caravanserai that speaks to the town's importance as a way station during that period. 

The structure is a rectangular block surrounded on three sides by a walled garden sloping down to a stream. It contains several chambers, each with a number of tombs. These chambers are open onto the garden through arched portals. Inscriptions in Sindhi characters demonstrate that pilgrims came to Kahak all the way from India to visit the site. In a description written in 1938, the mausoleum featured a carved wooden door and wooden screens, which have since disappeared. The building was restored in 1966.


Daftary, Farhad. "Kahak." Encyclopaedia Iranica. Vol XV, Fasc. 4, pp. 349-350.

Ivanow, Wladimir. "Tombs of Some Persian Ismaili Imams." Journal of the Bombay Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society N. S. 14 (1938): 49-62.

IranShahrPedia: Encyclopedia of Iranian Architectural History entry: Archived site (May 20, 2019):

Registration number in Fihrist-i Asar-i Milli-i Iran: 6969. Date of registration: 10/10/1381 (Solar Hijri).

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شمارهٔ ثبت: ۶۹۶۹ || تاریخ ثبت: ۱۳۸۱/۱۰/۱۰

Kahak, Iran
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ca. 1700/1111 AD
restored in 1976
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Aramgah-i Shah Nizar
ارامگاه شاه نزار
Aramgah-e Shah Nezar
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Shah Nizar Mausoleum
Shah Nezar Mausoleum
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