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The Ibn Tulun Mosque is the largest and oldest mosque in Cairo, built by Ahmad Ibn Tulun in 879 AD. Laid out in a square plan, the Abbasid style mosque has a central open courtyard with the ablutions fountain in the middle. Around the courtyard are arcaded porticoes, with ziyadas (open corridors) on 3 sides between the portico walls and outer mosque walls. Built with red brick, the galleries are decorated with the earliest examples of carved stucco work in Cairo. The walls flanking the ziyadas have crenellations of vague human shapes running along the top edge. The north ziyada has a distinctive minaret with a square base and a spiral staircase running on the outside, inspired by the Great Mosque of Samarra. Stucco work on the architraves, windows, and friezes show Islamic motifs of geometric patterns, floral arrays, and Kufic calligraphy.

Adjacent to the mosque is the Gayer-Anderson Museum, housed in a building constructed against the outer wall of the mosque. It combines two medieval houses - Bayt al-Kritliya (house of the Cretan woman) and Beit Amna bint Salim, and showcases 17th century domestic architecture in Cairo.

Mosque of Ibn Tulun and Nearby Attractions on Map

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Egyptian Museum

Egyptian Museum(2.6 km)
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Hanging Church(3.2 km)
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Saint Sergius and Bacchus Church

Saint Sergius and Bacchus Church(3.1 km)
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Beit El Umma Museum

Beit El Umma Museum(1.6 km)
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Al-Rifa'i Mosque(0.8 km)
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Bab Zuweila

Bab Zuweila(1.8 km)
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