Ibn Tulun Mosque – 29.10.10
On the 29th October (yes, over a month ago!) I visited Ahmad ibn Tulun mosque in the district of Islamic Cairo with my author-friend Na’ima B. Robert.
The mosque of Ibn Talun was built in 876-879 (yes, THREE years!) and was the religious center of al-Qata’i’, the dynastic military citadel founded by Ahmad ibn Talun. It was designed by a Christian architect and covers an area of 3 hectares.
Its minaret was once the tallest in the world, and I can tell you, that even though I got only half way up it, it was high! Thank God the tour-guide-keeper guy said it was closing time, because I don’t know if I could have handled going all the way to the top!
It was an amazingly warm day, with a beautiful breeze and picturesque blue sky decorated with wispy light clouds. The sandy-coloured walls of the mosque and courtyard made a picture-perfect scene, and I happily snapped away with my camera. Here is a selection of shots I took. Unfortunately, the quality has been compromised due to having to edit the resolution for them to be small enough for this blog.
– The Londoner