Ibn Tulun Mosque
Samarran Courtyard & Helical Minaret
The mosque was built in the Samarran style, with an open, rectangular courtyard. Similar architecture can be seen in Iraq. Another feature of the mosque is a covered hall on each of the four sides, with the largest situated at the site of the Qibla, or the indentation in the wall that symbolizes the direction to the city of Mecca. The minaret is very unique for Egypt, as its outer staircase wraps around the shaft. There is speculation whether it is an older construction.
- To scale the helical minaret, a local attendant might have to be paid an 8 EGP gratuity.
- The mosque attendant might try to improperly charge an admission fee, your Sidekick will supervise.
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