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Ibn Tulun Mosque Arcade

Ibn Tulun Mosque Arcade

Ibn Tulun Mosque

Built by the Abbasid Governor of Egypt, Ahmed Ibn Tulun in 879AD, the Mosque has a distinctive minaret modeled along the lines of the famous Samarra minaret north of Baghdad where he was from. Covering six and a half acres, the Mosque is the largest in Egypt. It has been remodeled many times and little remains of the original although a close look reveals original bands of Koranic inscriptions carved in wood along each of the upper interior arcades - one third of the Koran is said to be written on the four sides.