It would help if you visited the Ibn Tulun Mosque in Cairo.

Ibn Tulun Mosque
From Ibn Tulun Mosque you can see Mohammed Ali Mosque

The Ibn Tulun Mosque is open every day at 8 a.m., and there is no charge to go inside. from 4.30 p.m. During the 9th and 10th centuries, the Abbasid caliphs ruled the Muslim world from their capital in, Iraq. This building is a beautiful example of typical Islamic architecture from that time, and you can find this building in Iraq.

Ibn Tulun may have gotten some of the ideas he needed to build his mosque from the Samarra congregational mosque in the city’s planned central business district. The mosque’s entrance is called the “Zayda,” which in Arabic means “enclosure.”

To the left of the main entrance is Gayer-Anderson House. It keeps the mosque from being part of the community around it.

You can see how grand it is as soon as you walk into the mosque. The building is 140 meters long and 122 meters wide, and the courtyard is 92 meters long on its own.

As well-known as the mosque’s massive size is, so is how strict its rules are.

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Ibn Tulun Mosque
Courtyard of Ibn Tulun Mosque

At first, only the tiny flower tops and stucco rosettes catch the eye. But this is not the case, unfortunately. But the people who built Ibn Tulun knew they had to be consistent and moderate in how they did things. About one-fifth of the Koran is shown on a frieze over two kilometers long and made of sycamore wood. This frieze is right below the arcades and is a must-see.

In the 1300s, the ablutions fountain was built with great care and precision. It has recently become the hub of all the artistic activity in the area.

At this point, the marble and glass mosaics on the mihrab were put in place. These mosaics are the best example of bad design.

The spiral staircase on the front of the minaret gives it its helix shape, and this makes the minaret stand out more in the area around it.

People think that Ibn Tulun made up the design by twisting a piece of paper into a spiral and then giving that as the answer for a while.

In any case, it seems that the primary source of inspiration was the beautiful minaret of Samarra.

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