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Mosque of Ibn Tulun

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Address: Al-Basatin, off Al-Saliba Street, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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This is considered one of Egypt's largest and oldest mosques, which was...

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.

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One of the earliest mosques to be built in the city, nearly 1,200 years old

Ibn Tulun has a very raw beauty to it, with its clearly recognizable Tulunid and Fatimid techniques--an example of the former can be found in carving old kulfi typeface, for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 August 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Ibn Tulun has a very raw beauty to it, with its clearly recognizable Tulunid and Fatimid techniques--an example of the former can be found in carving old kulfi typeface, for example, on the Qur'an inscriptions and the latter in the decorated stucco cravens in a more elegant typeface.

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

This mosque is very interesting of architectural point of view.If I'm not wrong it is oldest mosque in Cairo.But better you go there with really good guide,who can tell you a lot of interesting details about place.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

It's a privilege to visit a building as austerely plain yet airy and beautiful as this Abbasid Mosque, possibly the largest and oldest in Cairo (879AD). Note the spiral minaret and the extraordinary Dikka screen and please make a donation the Mosque as you leave.

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

Ibn Tulun Mosque is a personal favorite of mine. It is the largest mosque in Cairo in terms of surface area. It is in the Sayyeda Zeinab part of Cairo, within walking distance of two other amazing mosques - Sultan Hassan and El-Refaie Mosques. Ibn Tulun will be an especially delightful mosque to visit if you are into photography and... More 

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

This place is a must to see in Cairo. Climb on the very rare architectural tower (a spiral minaret) and view the city. The mosque is constructed around a courtyard, with one covered hall on each of the four sides and it has a large square with a fountain in the middle. Sit down, look around and have a rest.... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Have to see if somebody travel to Cairo and interested about architect, culture and history. Peaceful and silent place in the noisy City. The guides are simple but kind people. It isn't in the best condition and deserves more attention but it is beautiful as it is. Tells to you the hundreds and hundreds years gone.

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Doha, Qatar
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Though the mosque isn't really anything special, lots of brown and repeated patterns, a climb to the top of the tower will give you a nice view of Cairo. Take your camera and a snack and enjoy!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

It is a peaceful mosque, very spacious and with a contemplative atmosphere with a well surrounded by lengthy shadowed arcades. Light pierces the shadows with rays of exuberance. The pulpit is a gorgeous example Islamic design made from wooden inlays, although its restored portions appear to be carelessly executed. The adjacent minaret is a treat to climb with excellent views

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

Old mosque. Some people sit outside and charge for shoe cover to enter the masjid. The place is located in a small street and the roads are very crowded and busy sometimes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

I had never visited a Mosque and was delighted to change that in Cairo. We were lucky that we had a local guide, we attended a wedding in Cairo and he was another guest, when he heard we were from Ireland he insisted on accompanying us on our sightseeing in Cairo, I must say he was brilliant and to have... More 

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