Ibn Tulun Mosque, Cairo – Cairo Picture

Ibn Tulun Mosque, Cairo

The Ibn Tulun Mosque in Cairo consists of a huge open courtyard, surrounded on three sides by enclosed wings known as ziyadas. At the center stands the monumental ablutions fountain. With its ziggurat-like minaret (spiral-shaped tower), the architecture of the mosque has a distinct Mesopotamian flavor. Not in vain, its founder – Ahmed Ibn Tulun – was born in Baghdad.

Image published by twiga_swala on 2008-02-18 22:35:14 and used under Creative Commons license.

Tagged: , domed , sabil , court , minarte , ablution , fountain , Cairo , Egypt , Al-Qahira , Mosque , Ibn Tulun , Abbassid , Samarran , architecture , tulunid , islamic

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