Thursday, 10 December 2015

Historic Cairo

Cairo always remind me of an old Portuguese rock song with the name of this Egyptian city :)

View of the Citadel from de Mosque Ibn Ţūlūn
This postcard was sent from the United States by Susan

The Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Ţūlūn is located in CairoEgypt. It is arguably the oldest mosque in the city surviving in its original form, and is the largest mosque in Cairo in terms of land area.
The mosque was commissioned by Ahmad ibn Ţūlūn, the Abbassid governor of Egypt from 868–884 whose rule was characterized by de facto independence. The historian al-Maqrizi lists the mosque's construction start date as 876 AD, and the mosque's original inscription slab identifies the date of completion as 265 AH, or 879 AD.
The mosque was constructed on a small hill called Gebel Yashkur, "The Hill of Thanksgiving." One local legend says that it is here that Noah's Ark came to rest after the Deluge, instead of at Mount Ararat. - in: wikipedia

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