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Ibn Tulun Mosque | Islamic Cairo

  • 05 16, 2023

Ibn Tulun Mosque 

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 in Cairo Day Tours.

Ibn Tulun Mosque

The Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Tulun arches which covered the courtyard are decorated with elegantly carved concrete, the first time used in Cairo. 

The minaret, is the only one of its kind in Egypt, like the minaret of Samarra, with a spiral staircase around the outside. Andalusian imitation was brought to Egypt.

The minaret of Ahmad Ibn Tulun Mosque 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.

Sultan Hassan Mosque

Sultan Hassan Mosque


Islamic Cairo

The mosque and many other architectural achievements of the Muslims in Cairo can be done during one of Egypt's Luxury tours that allows you to stay at the most outstanding hotels and Nile cruises or if you are traveling with a small amount of money and would like to save your time and expenses you can check our wide variety of Egypt cheap budget tours packages, if you have been on an accident and suffer from a physical injury don't ever worry because our professional operators customized a collection of Egypt wheelchair accessible tours packages that use all the accessible vehicles and different facilities for disabled people which is one of the main categories of our Egypt classic tours.

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. To better know Egypt and its touristic wonders is to travel to Egypt to discover the mystery of this part of the ancient world, thanks to the guides of Cairo Top Tours.

In Egypt, there is a special place called Mahmoud Khalil Museum. It is a place where you can learn about the culture and history of Islamic Cairo.

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In the 12th century,  the Ahmad ibn Tulun mosque served as a place of refuge for pilgrims traveling from North Africa to the Hijaz. Its grand congregational mosque was specifically designed to be the central attraction in Ibn Tulun's capital city, which also functioned as the administrative center for the Tulunid dynasty.

The Quba Mosque is a special place of worship for Muslims. It was built a long time ago in a city called Medina. People believe it was the very first mosque ever built. It was made during the time of a very important person named Prophet Muhammad. The mosque is very old and has a lot of history.

There was a mosque built on a mountain called Jebal Yashkur, in a place called Ahmad Ibn Tulun Square. It was supposed to be the main mosque for a new city called al-Qata'i. The person who built it, Ahmad Ibn Tulun, wanted to show that he was independent and not controlled by the ʿAbbasid Caliphate.

Yes, the Ahmad Ibn Tulun Mosque is open to visitors for both worship and tourism. Visitors can explore the mosque's interior, learn about its history and architecture, and appreciate its cultural significance.


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