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Mosque of Ibn Tulun
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Owner description: This is considered one of Egypt's largest and oldest mosques, which was built between AD 876 and AD 879 by an Abbasid governor sent from Baghdad to rule over Egypt.
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“Not to be missed”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

This is one of the most beautiful and unique mosques you will see. It is pictured in all books featuring unique and iconic mosques. I was practically alone when I was there, which is surprising. It should be on every travelers list who loves beautiful architecture.

Visited September 2012
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Cairo, Egypt
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“Caution - Police here can be a HUGE hassle”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

The police at this location have proved a nuisance whenever I have gone there with my Egyptian friends. I guess they find it impossible to believe that an expat and an Egyptian might be friends. I had a major altercation with police there and have been counseled to take photos of the policeman in question and communicate that i will file a formal complaint at the nearest police station and with my embassy. This should fix the situation.

I find this extremely sad to report because I find Ibn Tulun mosque a quiet refuge and a marvelous place to visit when paired with the Gayer Anderson museum which is adjacent.

Visited January 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Tranquil mosque in the middle of busy Cairo”
Reviewed 27 July 2013

The taxi took us through a myriad of narrow streets, full of busy pushcart vendors and donkey carts, before depositing us at the gate to the mosque. The mosque itself seems to be surrounded by an outer wall and once inside the inner wall, it was an oasis of tranquility.

Probably because it was already late in the day, there were hardly any visitors and we were able to climb the larger minaret to get a bird’s eye view of the mosque itself and the surrounding neighborhood, including the glittering dome of the Mohammed Ali mosque some distance away. The Ibn Tulan mosque is much older and less glitzy than the Mohammed Ali mosque, although the small minarets have beautiful architecture. The whole mosque is primarily desert-sand colored with a large courtyard, with a single dome structure in the middle. The archways and windows along the corridors have nice detailing but whatever colors, if ever, have been lost, lending the mosque it’s own austere appeal and sense of old age. Recommended.

Visited March 2013
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Cairo, Egypt
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“the oldest masjed in cairo”
Reviewed 10 June 2013

I went ti this masjed many times , its older than 1000 years and still the same throughout this years , the surrounding area is like hill , crowd and noisy but inside its a dream

Visited June 2013
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“Absolution's Font: Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Cairo, Egypt”
Reviewed 6 June 2013

Await the zenith of the sun,
cross clay courtyard a beckoning
barefoot walked, heartstring undone,
Oh Lord, there’s love, no reckoning.

Soundless clarion of tears fall
toward absolution’s bright blessing,
within the domed sabil I call...
Oh Lord, there’s love, no reckoning.

The fountain's dry, but not my eyes
sounds of grace rebound, amazing,
Amazing Grace, sang such as I
Oh Lord, there’s love, no reckoning.

We are but one beneath the sun
for all our fears and wandering
all creation our companion...
Oh Lord, there’s love, no reckoning.

Let spirit rise on minaret
and phantom penitents come hieing
all is well, we are God’s get
Oh Lord, there’s love, no reckoning.

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.
Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 - 1964)

Visited July 2012
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