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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