The mosque of Ahmad Ibn Tulun is the oldest and the largest mosque in Cairo. The area of mosque measures 26,318 sq m and it is recognized as the third largest in the world. It was established in 876 AD by Ahmad Ibn Tulun, the Turkish governor of Egypt during the period of 868 AD to 884 AD. This was built on a small hill named Gebel Yashkur or ‘The hill of Thanks giving’ in a Samarran style with Abbasid constructions. This mosque explores the history of a court servant and Ahmad ibn Tulun who rule all of Egypt and part of Syria. Ibn Tulun was the son of a Turkish slave of Mongolian origins. The period of Tulunid dynasty was from 868 to 905 AD. When he became the ruler of Egypt, he founded a new city named al-qata’i. The mosque was constructed around a courtyard, with one covered hall on each of the four sides, the largest being on the side of Qibla or direction to Mecca. The complex of the mosque is covered by a wall of 6 acres. The minaret, the only one in the Egypt, was designed after the minarets of Samarra, having a different staircase around the outside. This serves as the historic importance and becomes a shooting location for different movies.
See also : Pray at the Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan
How to Reach:
By Metro: The nearest metro station is Sadat which takes 12 minutes to reach the Mosque.
By Bus: Take the bus number 400 from Cairo which takes 5 minutes walk away to reach the destination.
Tickets: Admission fee is free.
Timings: Opens daily from dawn to dusk.
Address: Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Cairo, Egypt."