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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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Amazing restoration of beautiful architecture.

The restoration of this mosque is commendable. It has giving it new lease of life. There is a water spring which runs water continuously. Worth a visit.

Reviewed 12 August 2015
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Mumbai, India
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Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

The restoration of this mosque is commendable. It has giving it new lease of life. There is a water spring which runs water continuously. Worth a visit.

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Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed 6 August 2015

It's very nice to visit such a huge and old Islamic complex.One can feel like he has just visited an Aladin movie because of the huge pillars around it it's also important to visit for Islamic architecture enthusiast since they will learn how the architecure developed from Ibn Tulun to later dynasties. It also looks like Samarra Mosque in Iraq... More 

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Manchester
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Reviewed 2 August 2015

Imposing mosque with a huge courtyard and unusual minaret with a spiral staircase. Paddled around in cloth overshoes tied over our ordinary shoes, rather than going barefoot - quite fun! A must-see is the Gayer Anderson Museum next door (40 LE) - a fascinating collection of artefacts made by the British man who lived in this beautiful house (actually it's... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 31 July 2015

My visit to IBN Tulun was memorable. This is a gorgeous structure with history and substance behind it. Very old, I believe it was constructed in the 8th century.

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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 16 July 2015 via mobile

Third time in twenty one years visiting this mosque. I come back for the serenity. It usually makes me feel at peace. Unfortunately my experience two days ago was not pleasant. However the people who put on your shoe covers are really pushy for money (for shoes and the mosque). I also had a bad experience with the museum attendant.... More 

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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

I found this mosque to be one of the most picturesque places I have visited in Egypt. It has many dark corners in its seemingly never-ending colonnades, a great bright expanse of a stone paved courtyard that contrasts the darkness of the outer halls and a beautifully simple dome placed over the central well. The jewel in its crown is... More 

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

If you're into architecture, well this is a must see while in Egypt. I'm in love with structures, therefore it was on my list of must see when I went to Egypt in November 2010. I had a personal tour guide that picked me up from my hotel. My tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of mosque. In... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 8 July 2015

I would strongly recommend to visit this mosque, it is one of the greatest architecture structures in the world, proud to be an egyptian. I would strongly recommend you go and pray there if you are a Muslim.

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Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed 4 July 2015

Inportant to visit amony your journey to islamic Cairo. It is the oldest in the area and quite huge. Vey unique spiral minarat. One of two in the world, the other in Iraq. Nice to compare the architecture of this mosque with others in the mamloukian and Fatimian era.

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Kolkata, India
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Reviewed 28 June 2015

Apart from the fact that this is one of the oldest mosques in Egypt, and retains its original form, the decorations are much more attractive in the Mohammed Ali mosque in the Citadel, or the Al-Rifai or Sultan Hassan mosques. The structure is centred around a huge open courtyard surrounded by hallways. You will need to pay for shoe covers.... More 

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