We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A beautiful and unique building”

Mosque of Ibn Tulun
Book In Advance
More Info
$19.50*
and up
Private Tour to Ibn Tulun Mosque, Gayer-Anderson Museum and Khan El Khalili...
More Info
$45.00*
and up
Private Tour: Islamic Cairo including Amr Ibn-AlAs-Ibn Tulun, Sultan Hassa and...
More Info
$57.20*
and up
Private Customizable Day tour around Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur from Cairo
Ranked #25 of 320 things to do in Cairo
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: This is considered one of Egypt's largest and oldest mosques, which was built between AD 876 and AD 879 by an Abbasid governor sent from Baghdad to rule over Egypt.
Reviewed October 27, 2012

As many people agree, this is one of the most beautiful mosques in Cairo.

It's also the oldest intact mosque in Egypt (the oldest mosque, the Amr Mosque near Coptic Cairo, is too heavily modified to be considered original), and preserves its 9th-century Abbasid style (the Abbasids were the great classical Islamic dynasty who ruled from Baghdad for centuries). This also makes it very different from other mosques in Cairo; there is no grand entrance, but rather two concentric walls and a huge courtyard framed by elegant arcades. Make sure to explore and see the remains of stucco decoration on the arches on far (western) side from where you came in.

You'll be asked to leave your shoes or wear special covers over them. The caretaker will ask for money; be reasonable and give only what you feel is adequate, as there is no official ticket (10 pounds is already plenty for an informal visit to most mosques, including looking after your shoes). He may ask more for the minaret, but, as far as I can tell, access to the minaret is unrestricted and therefore shouldn't really count for more baksheesh.

1  Thank BobPraz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (255)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

127 - 131 of 255 reviews

Reviewed October 22, 2012

Built from 876-879 it is breathtakingly beauitful in its austerity. Harmonious and elegant porportions and decoration. A little difficult to find. Not too far from the Madrasa of Hasan.

Thank efgmlr
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Living as an expat in Cairo, I have spent the past year visiting as many places as possible. Ibn Tulun remains at the top of my list. It is a huge open mosque with beautiful detailing. It has the only minaret with an outside staircase in Egypt. Climb to the top for a breathtaking view of Cairo.
This place is magical.

1  Thank clarke13
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 24, 2012

By pure chance we were taken to see Mosque of Ibn Tulun.
Not on our list of places to see, but worth a visit because of it's history.
We were made very welcome and treated to some 'secret views'.

2  Thank marilyn h
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 22, 2012

The mosque itself never fails to impress but it is
Worth remembering that it was only renovated a few years
Ago and it is already looking tired and dirty.

Some hustlers sitting around too trying to extract 'money
For the mosque'

1  Thank DrMSuleiman
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Mosque of Ibn Tulun also viewed

 
Cairo, Cairo Governorate
Cairo, Cairo Governorate
 

Been to Mosque of Ibn Tulun? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing