The Mosque of Ibn Tulun is a must see for those who are visiting Egypt. It is considered the oldest mosque in Egypt as well as all of Africa, and it was built between AD 876 and 879, by Ahmed Ibn Tulun. Over the centuries it has miraculously survived and kept its original form. This mosque is also the largest in Cairo when it comes to area of land and is constructed around a beautiful courtyard.
In 1979, Historic Cairo which includes the Mosque of Ibn Tulun was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Historic Cairo which may also be called, “Old Islamic Cairo” or just “Islamic Cairo” has great significant value when it comes to world culture. This region of Cairo alone has 600+ classified monuments that are of historical interest.
When entering a mosque, it is customary to remove your shoes to preserve the cleanliness of the prayer space. In this case at the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, we had cloth covers placed over our shoes.
The Mosque of Ibn Tulun is a very significant site as well as being photogenic. Since the mosque was large and built around a courtyard, the bright natural sunlight and shadows were magnificent. This was my favorite mosque that I visited while in Egypt, it was stunning!
If you are in need of an Egyptologist with an additional driver who will professionally guide you through Old Historic Cairo, please contact Ehab Mehana. He was my guide throughout Islamic Cairo, Ehab was was friendly, knowledgeable and just a terrific human being.
– A photo journal of The Mosque of Ibn Tulun –
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