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Mosque of Ibn Tulun

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 built between AD 876 and AD 879 by an Abbasid governor sent from Baghdad to rule over Egypt.
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Reviewed 21 May 2016

It's a privilege to visit a building as austerely plain yet airy and beautiful as this Abbasid Mosque, possibly the largest and oldest in Cairo (879AD). Note the spiral minaret and the extraordinary Dikka screen and please make a donation the Mosque as you leave.

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Reviewed 1 May 2016

Ibn Tulun Mosque is a personal favorite of mine. It is the largest mosque in Cairo in terms of surface area. It is in the Sayyeda Zeinab part of Cairo, within walking distance of two other amazing mosques - Sultan Hassan and El-Refaie Mosques. Ibn...More

Thank Hisham E
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

This place is a must to see in Cairo. Climb on the very rare architectural tower (a spiral minaret) and view the city. The mosque is constructed around a courtyard, with one covered hall on each of the four sides and it has a large...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2016

Have to see if somebody travel to Cairo and interested about architect, culture and history. Peaceful and silent place in the noisy City. The guides are simple but kind people. It isn't in the best condition and deserves more attention but it is beautiful as...More

Thank Frigyiklaszlo
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

Though the mosque isn't really anything special, lots of brown and repeated patterns, a climb to the top of the tower will give you a nice view of Cairo. Take your camera and a snack and enjoy!

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Reviewed 10 April 2016

It is a peaceful mosque, very spacious and with a contemplative atmosphere with a well surrounded by lengthy shadowed arcades. Light pierces the shadows with rays of exuberance. The pulpit is a gorgeous example Islamic design made from wooden inlays, although its restored portions appear...More

Thank hugovalter
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Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

Old mosque. Some people sit outside and charge for shoe cover to enter the masjid. The place is located in a small street and the roads are very crowded and busy sometimes.

Thank Anas K
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Reviewed 22 March 2016

I had never visited a Mosque and was delighted to change that in Cairo. We were lucky that we had a local guide, we attended a wedding in Cairo and he was another guest, when he heard we were from Ireland he insisted on accompanying...More

Thank motorcar1
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Reviewed 8 March 2016

This mosque, unique for its characteristics, is very neglected. The best part is really not inside. The minaret that made it famous is really in between the outer and inner walls. So you can visit it without the scam that is always tried on tourists....More

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Reviewed 7 March 2016

A fascinating temple. Look out for the spiralling minaret - which you can go up for a fine all-round view of the city.

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