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Mosque of Ibn Tulun

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Address: Al-Basatin, off Al-Saliba Street, Cairo 11511, Egypt

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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Amazing view!

I am giving this 5 stars for two reasons: It is right next to Gayer-Anderson Museum (which you must visit by the way), and you can actually climb the minaret (me'zana) and get an... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Karim B
Cairo, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am giving this 5 stars for two reasons: It is right next to Gayer-Anderson Museum (which you must visit by the way), and you can actually climb the minaret (me'zana) and get an amazing view of Cairo! The mosque itself is fine, there isn't much to see, but you can go to the top of the mosque (as on... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a very early mosque (880 AD) within which the population of Cairo at the time might have fitted! Very simple and elegant, with an unusual spiral minaret possibly modelled on that at Samarra in Iraq, and reminiscent overall of the mosque at Kairouan. A good view can be had from the roof of the adjacent Madrasa of Amir... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This ancient mosque is an excellent and well-preserved example of the architecture that was used in Samarra, Iraq - including the wrap around external staircase around the minaret.

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This mosque is different in a way that it is less ornate, simple and oozing with understated charm. It is mostly not very busy, which affords people time to soak in the atmosphere and take wonderful photos. Friendly attendant will slip on shoe covers for you, just tip them at the end of your visit. The minaret is unique that... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ibn Tulun reflects one of the most importsnt and historical Islamic Mosque Art in the heart of Old Cairo.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This somewhat out of the way mosque is a double-barrel pleasure with the Gayer-Anderson museum next door. Ibn Tulun is quiet, spare, even austere. Yet, it has several examples of different architecture including its climbable spiral tower. There really is a remarkable hush about this vast space in chaotic, crammed Cairo.

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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Medieval-style Islamic archicture, which is graceful and beautiful in an austere way. We happened to be ther when the imam offered afternoon prayers. He went out of his way to welcome us (obvious Westerners, and tourists) and politely ignored our faux pas in facing the wrong way.

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Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

This mosque is unique because of the large open court and a minaret that you can climb. Inside the mosque is calming and cool and the view from the roof top is amazing. Make sure to visit this site.

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San Rafael, California
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

The highlight here was climbing the tower and looking over old Cairo. k There is a huge courtyard, so walk around this then ask the guard to open the door to the tower.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

Ibn Tulun Mosque on Al-Saliba street is modelled on the Kaaba in Mecca. The colonnades in the main court have plenty of fragments of intricate frieze work and open onto a series of narrow-fronted halls. Segments of carved stucco and wood decorations and original gold mosaic still survive in the main prayer hall.

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