Tanga (Tanzania) Jamatkhana celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Tanga (Tanzania) Jamatkhana celebrates its 50th AnniversaryThe Jamatkhana

We lastly come to the grandest building – a land mark of Tanga. It has a long and, for a time, agonizing story.

On April 9, 1956, Prince Aly Khan laid the foundation stone for a new awe-inspiring jamatkhana in whose architecture he took personal interest. Unfortunately, he would not live to see it constructed.
Only a year or so after construction began, it was halted due to contractual problems. Upto that point only the ground floor and its walls were constructed. For several years, it stood in ruins. The only bright light in all this, at that time, was that it was an adventurous playground for children living in the Aga Khan flats!

But before long, the project was revived. The site was excavated and the jamatkhana was built completely from the foundation up.

More TANGA: Ismaili Construction Legacy – by Rai Hassanali S. Bhanji, (ex-President, Aga Khan Provincial Council, Tanga 1961-63) & Zahir K. Dhalla

Photographs source: https://www.facebook.com/ejazali.karmali/posts/10152046681312920

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

One thought

  1. Thank you Ejaz for sharing your photos! And its good to see that you are carrying on your family tradition. The Ismailis of Tanga have many photo albums filled with photos taken by your father and his prominent Saba Saba Studio.


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