Mosque of Ibn Tulun

Looking more like a fortress with its imposing wall full of beautiful crenulations, the Mosque of Ibn Tulun is believed to be the oldest mosque in Cairo, and the city’s largest mosque in terms of land area, which covers no less than 26.300 sq. m. Standing among beautifully decorated arches in the vast courtyard, the mosque was built by Ibn Tulun in the 9th century and served as the centre of the Tulun Dynasty capital.The building’s beauty and surroundings are best appreciated from atop the spiral minaret, a structure that was inspired to Ibn Tulun by his homeland, Iraq, where in Samarra such a minaret soars above the town’s ancient mosque.