The Great Mosque in Xi’an

To get there, go under the tower of the bell and enter the Muslim market. At the end of the market is the Great Mosque. At the end of the market is the Great Mosque. One of the finest examples of Sino-Arab architecture worth a visit if only to see what an amazing fruit mixture between two cultures.

A Chinese pavilion instead of a minaret at the...

A Chinese pavilion instead of a minaret at the Great Mosque of Xi’an, one of China’s largest mosques (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is situated Xi Da Jie Street, in a neighborhood where most families residing in the minority Hui.

Currently, some 100,000 faithful practice their religion in the Great Mosque of Xi’an. This is one of the four great ancient mosques of China. It was built in 742 by Emperor Xuan Zong during the Tang Dynasty in the time when China hosted many religions and cultures. Its many wooden buildings are distinguished by style, a mixture of traditional architectures like the minaret, the prayer hall and mihrab indicating the direction of Mecca are inspired by Islam. By cons, curved roofs, arches and pavilions are Chinese style (imposed by the Chinese authorities).

A small portal provides access to almost anonymous tranquil gardens surrounding the Grand Mosque. In the entrance pavilion exposed ancient steles bearing inscriptions in Arabic. On the right was placed a former imperial altar (for the faithful to pay homage to the emperor before going to pray toward Mecca).

The prayer hall, located at the bottom of the court, and can contain 1000 people, is preceded by a portico of five major passages. Looking at the roof of the pavilion perspective of the Phoenix that rises in the central courtyard, this one actually has the air of a bird spreading its wings to take off.

English: xi'an china great mosque 2011

English: xi’an china great mosque 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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