Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Tulun

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Cairo, Egypt

Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Tulun Cairo Reviews

menas menas
3 reviews
Mosque Ibn Tulun Sep 25, 2012
The entire complex of the Mosque of Ibn Tulun is surrounded by a wall and covers more than 6 acres.The mosque itself is the third largest in the world.

The arches of the courtyard galleries are decorated with beautifully carved stucco, the first time this medium was used in Cairo.

The minaret, the only one of its kind in Egypt, is modeled after the minarets of Samarra, with a spiral staircase around the outside. Andalusian influence can also be seen in the horseshoe arches of the minaret windows and elsewhere - this was brought to Egypt by Muslim refugees who were driven out of Spain by the Reconquista (1212-60).
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giuliobartelli giulioba…
3 reviews
Jul 08, 2007
Located in an area of Cairo where few tourists venture, this mosque is one of the oldest in the Arab world. Sandwiched in the heart of Islamic Cairo under the imposing Mohamed Ali mosque this really is a place where history comes alive and you can catch a true glimpse of life here centuries ago in the Arab golden age. Study the intricate art and patterns chiseled in stone, then climb the ancient minaret and be overwhelmed by the view of hundreds of mosques and medieval dwellings. This is a place I come back to everytime I come to Cairo. A must for everybody!

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