The Mosque of Ibn Tulun covers an area of 26,318 sq m and is surrounded by a wall, it is considered to be the third-largest in the world but it is not a very common sight of many things to do in Cairo to be visited within Cairo Day Tours.
The arches which covered the courtyard are decorated with elegantly carved concrete, the first time was used in Cairo.
The minaret, the only one of its kind in Egypt, like that minaret of Samarra, with a spiral staircase around the outside. Andalusian imitation was brought to Egypt.
The minaret can be reached from the external passage. From the small compartment located on the top, you can enjoy an excellent view of the mosque below, as well as a panorama that goes from the minarets of the Sultan Hassan Mosque to the beautiful view of the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali in the citadel.
Ahmad Ibn Tulun started to build this mosque from 870 to 879 AD to provide his collections. It is considered to be the third congregational mosque to be built in Cairo and the oldest mosque in Egypt that has survived mostly in its original form.
The son of a Turkish laborer ( Ibn Tulun) of Mongol origins owned by the Abbasid Caliph al-Mamun. From these origins he gets his great power, founding the Tulunid Dynasty (868-905 AD) of Egypt.
Ibn Tulun founded a new city called al-Qatai' after becoming the ruler of Egypt. Many biblical legends were connected to this hill: it was said to be the arrival site of Noah's Ark, the area where Moses saw Pharaoh's sorcerers, and near the place where Abraham almost sacrificed Isaac.
In the 12th century, it was used as a shelter by pilgrims, which caused some damage. The Mosque was first restored by Mamluk Sultan Lajin in 1296. Lajin. This renovation involved the rebuilding of the famously individual minaret.
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There have been various reforms in modern times, including important reairs in 1999 that included the concrete of the courtyard and the polishing and re-covering of the fountain with black marble panels.
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