Ibn Tulun Mosque
Ibn Tulun Mosque (Tolon, As Sayedah Zeinab,, Cairo) — This spectacular 9thth-century edifice with spiral minaret is one of the most striking pieces of Islamic architecture in Cairo. Ibn Tulun Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world. Ahmed Ibn Tulun, the Turkish governour who founded it, declared his independence from the Ottoman Sultan in Constantinople in the late 9th century. The mosque, which was rebuilt in its present form in 1297 by Sultan Lagin, has the pilasters and slightly pointed arches typical of the Abbasid style of Islamic religious architecture, of Muslim Baghdad and from Coptic Christian design. According to our tour guide, thousands gather weekly to pray in its vast central courtyard.