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Ibn Tulun Mosque

Ibn Tulun Mosque

Ibn Tulun Mosque

Ibn Tulun Mosque - Cairo Sightseeing - Egypt Tours Portal

Overview of Ibn Tulun Mosque

Ibn Tulun Mosque is not an ordinary Mosque, it’s one of the oldest and largest Mosques in the world as it contains an unbelievable amount of history, beauty, and elegance. Ibn Tulun Mosque is known for being the best-preserved mosque in Egypt, Cairo’s oldest intact functioning Islamic monument and one of the most important historical and architectural achievement in Muslim civilization. It was built by the Emir Ahmed Ibn Tulun who ruled Egypt from 868 to 883A.D under the rule of the Abbasid Caliph. After taking control of Egypt, he founded a new city called Al-Qata’I on a rocky outcrop said to be the landing site of Noah’s Ark. In May 879 C.E, The construction of a palace complex, a hippodrome, large mosque named after him was completed. The mosque of Ibn Tulun considered being one of the most famous Cairo tourist attractions, that can’t be missed during your Egypt vacation.

Components of Ibn Tulun Mosque

Ibn Tulun Mosque is built on a 26,318 sqm, which makes it the third largest mosque in the world. Ibn Tulun drew inspiration from the ancient Mosque of Samarra (Iraq) in his homeland. The mosque has a square shape 162 meters long, a total number of 42 doors and consists of three main sections, the praying hall which hold the breathtaking the mihrab and minibar, the beautifully decorated courtyard and the open extensions (wall battlements) that surround the mosque and works as a barrier between the streets and the religious space inside. The mosque and the arches of the courtyard are decorated with some impressive designs in carved stucco and wood. The internal decoration of the mosque was out of this world as some of the decoration patterns can be traced back to the Hellenic and Sassanian era, on the windows and the arcades a combination of floral and geometrical patterns can be found. Ibn Tulun Mosque also had magical calligraphy works on the high section of the walls, the internal frames of the windows and the mihrab. The minaret is modeled after the minarets of the famous city of Samarra, with a beautiful spiral staircase around the outside which makes it the only one of its kind in Egypt. The mosque was restored a couple of times through history, notably between 1296 and 1299 A.D and most recently in 1890 when the entire Mosque was completely restored.

The Architecture Influence of Ibn Tulun Mosque

Ibn Tulun Mosque is a rare example where Europeans openly admitted its influence on the development of architecture beyond Islamic boundaries as it was the first recorded instance of the systematic adoption of piers to carry the arcades and the roof as an alternative to columns. The mosque was also the first building where the pointed arch was used constructively and systematically. Elements as the pointed arch, the wall battlements and the piers became essential ingredients of Gothic architecture. If you are already in Cairo and want to take an exploring tour include visiting Ibn Tulun mosque, then you have to check our Cairo tours that are provided by best Egypt tours.

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The entire country of Egypt deserve to be seen with its every heavenly detail but there are places that must be seen such as the breathtaking Hurghada's red sea, The wonders of Cairo the pyramids of Giza, the great sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, Khan El Khalili, the wonders of Luxor like Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Hatshepsut temple and the wonders of Aswan like Abu Simbel temples, Philea temple, Unfinished obelisk and The Wonders of Alexandria like Qaitbat Citadel, Pompey's Pillar and Alexandria Library. Read More About the Best Places to Visit in Egypt

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Egypt has a variety of delicious cuisines but we recommend “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, Mulukhiya, “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish, and Kebab & Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish.

The best time to travel to Egypt is during the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical accompanied by a magical atmosphere of warm weather with a winter breeze. You will be notified in the week of your trip if the weather is unsafe and if any changes have been made.

You should pack everything you could ever need and but in a small bag so you could move easily between your destinations.

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Wear whatever feels right and comfortable. It is advised to wear something light, sunblock during your time in Egypt in the summer and wear comfortable footwear like a closed-toe shoe to sustain the terrain of Egypt.

The best activity is by far boarding a Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan or Vise Versa. Witness the beauty of Egypt from a hot balloon or a plane and try all the delicious Egyptian cuisines and drinks plus shopping in old Cairo. Explore the allure and wonders of the red sea in the magical city resorts of Egypt like Hurghada and many more by diving and snorkeling in the marine life or Hurghada. Behold the mesmerizing western desert by a safari trip under the heavenly Egyptian skies.

There are a lot of public holidays in Egypt too many to count either religious or nation, the most important festivals are the holy month of Ramadan which ends with Eid Al Fitr, Christmas and new years eve. Read More

Egypt is considered to be one of the most liberal Islamic countries but it has become a little bit conservative in the last couple of decades so it is advised to avoid showing your chest, shoulders or legs below the knees.

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The fastest way is a car, of course, a taxi. If you are in Cairo ride a white taxi to move faster or you could board the fastest way of transportation in Egypt metro if the roads are in rush hour.

The temperature in Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c. Summer in Egypt is somehow hot and winter is cool and mild but sometimes it becomes cold at night. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 °C in the wintertime to 23 °C in the summertime and average high temperatures vary from 17 °C in the wintertime to 32 °C in the summertime. The temperature is moderate all along the coasts.

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