Ibn Tulun Mosque, constructed AD 876-9, is the oldest functioning Islamic mosque in Cairo. Ahmed Ibn Tulun, who was sent to rule Cairo by the Caliph of Baghdad, built it. These Iraqi origins are seen in the mosque’s architecture making it very different in style and appearance from other mosques in the city.
The clean, bright brickwork, the unusual minaret, with an outer spiral staircase, and the large open-air prayer space give the Mosque a distinct Middle Eastern feel.
The mosque covers approximately 6.5 acres in area and the prayer hall, a vast open-air courtyard with an ablutions fountain covered by a doomed roof, was large enough to accommodate the whole Muslim community. A covered arc...Read More