Ibn Tulun Mosque


This mosque is unique, as it has not suffered from natural disasters nor significant alterations. The Ibn Tulun mosque is named after Ahmad Ibn Tulun, who became the governor of Egypt in the 9th century, as part of the powerful Abbasid dynasty. Legend has it that the mosque was constructed on a hill, called Gebel Yashkur, upon which Noah’s ark came to rest after the deluge. The mosque formed part of a palatial complex which constituted the capital city of Ibn Tulun’s caliphate, called Al-Qata’i. The palace has since not survived.

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.
  • Ibn Tulun M. FREE
 ISIC Student Card
  • Not Necessary

  • Approx. (MIN)30 
  • Helical Minaret
  • Qibla Prayer Wall
  • Decline Guides
  • Shade Available
  • Leisurely walkabout
  • Close to S. Hassan Msq.
  • Driver will park/wait

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Chris is a native of Toronto, and a scholar at heart who only recently caught the travel bug. He teaches and studies part-time at the universities of Guelph and York and has lent his expertise in industrial organizational psychology to streamline the experience at Egyptian Sidekick.


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