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Great Mosque

Great Mosque

Pride of China's Islamic community, which numbers roughly 60,000 in Xi'an city, is the Great Mosque near the Drum Tower in the Muslim residential area. Islam came to China along with Arab merchants and travellers in roughly the year 600. The Great Mosque in Xi'an is the best-preserved ancient mosque in China, having been built in 742 during the Tang Dynasty. It is built in traditional Chinese style with platforms, pavilions and halls, and is rectangular in shape, divided inside into four courtyards. Visitors can explore the passages, courtyards and archways and admire the furniture and fittings, most of which date from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The main prayer hall can accommodate 1,000 and its ceiling bears more than 600 classical scriptures in colourful relief.


Address: Huajue Lane
Opening Time: Daily 8am to 7:30pm. Non-Muslims are not allowed entry during times of prayer or into the main prayer hall.
Admission: ?25 March to November, ?15 December to February.

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