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Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Cairo

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The splendor of Islamic architecture draws visitors to Mosque of Ibn Tulun, allegedly built on top of a hill on which Noah's ark landed after the Biblical flood. The building was commissioned by Ahmad ibn Tulun, Abbasid governor, and finished in 879 CE. Take refuge from the sun and appreciate the serenity of this place of worship by stepping inside the covered halls surrounding the central courtyard. You may recognize parts of the mosque from the film "The Spy Who Loved Me," which was filmed on site. Make Mosque of Ibn Tulun part of your personalized Cairo itinerary using our Cairo online trip planner.
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  • This is my favourite mosque in Cairo, and one of my favorites all over the world. It is not flashy and its rather simple, which for me makes it very special. 
    This is my favourite mosque in Cairo, and one of my favorites all over the world. It is not flashy and its rather simple, which for me makes it very special.  more »
  • This mosque was part of our tour of medieval Cairo. I liked the spacious layout, especially the courtyard. If you feel adventurous, you can climb the minaret. Best to go here with a local guide so... 
    This mosque was part of our tour of medieval Cairo. I liked the spacious layout, especially the courtyard. If you feel adventurous, you can climb the minaret. Best to go here with a local guide so...  more »
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  • That’s was one the best experiences in Cairo. It was not on my fav to-do list but I am glad I visited. The architecture is amazing and most of the original work from the, I guess, 10th century is still intact. The best part was lack of tourists and the usual Cairo chaos. Place was very peaceful and I was able to look at the walls and the carvings in my own space.
  • One of the most beautiful mosques in Cairo and an absolutely must see !!! Address: Ahmed Ibn Tolon Sq., Tolon, El Sayeda Zeinab, Cairo, Egypt The mosque was built from 876 to 879 under Ahmad ibn Tulun, who ruled over Egypt as governor of the Abbasid caliphs between 868 and 884 and led the country to de facto independence. The beginning of construction was dated by the Egyptian historian al-Maqrizi (1364-1442),[1] the completion of which is recorded on an inscription on the mosque. The mosque was built on the small Gebel Yashkur (“Hill of Thanksgiving”). A local legend claims that Noah's ark touched down here after the flood[2] and the surviving roofs were built from its wood. The mosque formed the center of Ibn Tulun's emerging capital, Al-Qatta'i, not far from Fustat, from which the empire of the Tulunid dynasty he founded was ruled. The mosque was originally located next to the palace of Ibn Tulun, from which a door next to the minbar gave him direct access. Al-Qatta'i was destroyed in the early 10th century, the mosque is all that remains. The mosque was built in the Samarra style combined with an Abbasid structure. It consists of a covered hall gallery surrounding the inner courtyard, with the largest hall pointing towards Mecca in the Qibla direction. The original mosque had its ablution fountain (sabil) in the area between the inner and outer walls. In the 13th century, Sultan Lajin had another sabil with a high domed roof added in the center of the inner courtyard.

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