Ibn Tulun mosque – Berthold Werner wiki CC
CAIRO – 28 June 2017: Walk Like an Egyptian tour company is offering a guided walk through the historic Ibn Tulun Mosque and Kredlea House in Islamic Cairo. Grab your camera and your curiosity for Turkish-Egyptian history with their tour through what is left of the bustling medieval city with its own castle, great mosque and houses.
Ibn Tulun Mosque is believed to be the oldest mosque standing in its original form and the largest in Cairo in terms of surface area. It is named after Ahmad Ibn Tulun, a Turkic Abbasid Governor of Egypt who ruled from 868 AD to 884 AD. The mosque was built on a hill called Gebel Yashkur (the Hill of Thanksgiving) around 876 AD, with the mosque's original inscription slab identifying the date of completion as 879 AD.
Historically, a palace owned by Ibn Tulun was located behind the mosque with a door between the two, but today the palace is gone.
An option to climb the minaret of the mosque and watch the endless horizon from the ancient tower will definitely give you a fresh view of Cairo. With its relatively big steps make sure you put on comfortable walking shoes and bring your water bottle with you.
Kredlea House, once the residence of colonialist administrator Gayer-Anderson Pasha, lies adjacent to the mosque where today it is home to the Gayer-Anderson Museum. The house boasts the best preserved seventeenth century architecture and furniture in the city with its panoramic rooftop and richly decorated stairs and rooms. Walking through it is just like walking through the history of Cairo, a city that once had a Turkish flavor under its Ottoman rulers.
The walk will take place on July 8 at 8:00 a.m. for LE 90 ($5). English language tours are offered. You can register through this link:
Kredlea House – Sailko Wiki CC
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