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Mosque of Ibn Tulun
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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 April 8, 2014

This is the first question that pops up in your mind when you enter the Mosque. Why do tourists skip it, only allowing themselves just enough time to visit the Pyramids, the Sphynx and maybe the Egyptian museum when in Cairo. There is much more than that in this beautiful city.
This Mosque is one of the oldest in the world and is here to witness the transition from Christianity to Islamism, as governor Ibn Tulun took control of this region and declared it independent from the then Baghdad's administration. If you think that it lacks the details and decorations of other Mosques in Cairo or elsewhere in the Islamic world, bear in mind that it was build in 876 AD and then look closer: to the Mirhab, the decorations on the top of the walls, the central fountain and then to the masterpiece, the spiral minareth! There are only few left in the world in this style, inspired to Samarra's Mosque in Iraq and betraying the Fatimid origin an style of the structure

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Reviewed March 30, 2014

This is Islam's holiest site in Egypt. You will need to remove your shoes and cover exposed skin. This mosque massive but does not have the architectural details found in other mosques around Cairo.

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Reviewed December 14, 2013

It is really pity that people who visit Cairo usually visit only pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian museum... maybe eventually small part of Coptic Cairo with few churches... True beauty and marvels of Cairo are actually in old Arabic parts of the town... and Ibn Tulun is one of true gems of that part of the city... Magnificent structure from late 9th century AD is among largest and oldest of all Cairo mosques and it is truly worth visit... if you are lucky enough there will be no people there at all... and you can wonder alone... even go up to that unique spiral minaret... and very close to it there is another gem of Islamic Cairo - Gayer Anderson Museum - situated in two magnificent examples of 16-17 century city houses - Bayt al-Kritliyya and Bayt Amna bint Salim... also worth visiting...

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is one of the most beautiful and unique mosques you will see. It is pictured in all books featuring unique and iconic mosques. I was practically alone when I was there, which is surprising. It should be on every travelers list who loves beautiful architecture.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

The police at this location have proved a nuisance whenever I have gone there with my Egyptian friends. I guess they find it impossible to believe that an expat and an Egyptian might be friends. I had a major altercation with police there and have been counseled to take photos of the policeman in question and communicate that i will file a formal complaint at the nearest police station and with my embassy. This should fix the situation.

I find this extremely sad to report because I find Ibn Tulun mosque a quiet refuge and a marvelous place to visit when paired with the Gayer Anderson museum which is adjacent.

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