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Mosque of Ibn Tulun

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Mosque of Ibn Tulun

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Al-Basatin, off Al-Saliba Street, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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Ron W wrote a review Mar 2020
Cedar City, Utah173 contributions49 helpful votes
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Mosque of Ibn Tulun is the oldest mosque in Cairo and in Egypt. The mosque was commissioned under the rule of Ahmad ibn Tulun, the Abbassid governor of Egypt from 868–884. The Mosque itself is quite large and sits in the middle of a large square with prayer nooks. The Mosque is pretty basic, unlike many churches and cathedrals that have lots paintings, statues, gold gilding, etc.. Along with all the tourist, there were numerous people praying. Cost: Free Weather: The weather in February was perfect – not hot, but no jacket required. Toilets: toilets are available – expect to tip EGP 10.00 (about 63 cents USD) at any public toilet in Egypt. Caution: none NOTE: Street vendors all accept U.S. Dollars. Be sure to haggle the price down before buying anything.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Kazi Y wrote a review Mar 2020
Dhaka City, Bangladesh128 contributions62 helpful votes
The Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Cairo, Egypt is the second oldest mosque in Egypt and Africa surviving in its full original form, and is the largest mosque in Cairo in terms of land area. The Mosque of Ibn Tulun was constructed by Ahmed Ibn Tulun between AD 876 and 879 and modeled on the Kaaba in Makkha (Saudi Arabia). Since Ibn Tulun is an open space, it brings in a lot of sun and shadows. Its decorations being created from carved stucco and wood. On the mosque's northern side is the 40-meter-high minaret with a fine horseshoe arch over the entrance and a spiral staircase swirling through the interior.The mosque is an active place of worship. At the time of visiting the mosque women need to cover their heads; arms and legs and all visitors will need to leave their shoes or have shoe covers put over shoes prior to entering the mosque.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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zurichhiker wrote a review Feb 2020
Zurich159 contributions66 helpful votes
It is possible to climb the Minarett and have a great view over the roofs of old Cairo. Also visit the nearby Gayer Anderson museum!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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USMA74 wrote a review Feb 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio379 contributions79 helpful votes
Most ancient mosque in Egypt (according to our guide, not counting those rebuilt over the centuries). Rooftop offers great views of Cairo, esp. Citadel and Alabaster Mosque (Muhammad Ali). Climb the minaret for even better views!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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George P wrote a review Feb 2020
Derbyshire, United Kingdom145 contributions33 helpful votes
Not always part of the tours, this is the oldest mosque in Cairo and is a haven of tranquility and solemnity. Built around its main square, the mosque is a feast of light and shadows and boasts a most unusual minaret.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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