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The Shaanxi Grand Mosque

The Shanxi Grand Mosque is one of the biggest Hui Muslim’s mosques in Urumqi, located on the South Heping Road( Peace Road). It was built around the reign of Emperor Qianlong and Emperor Jiaqing in the Qing Dynasty(1644-1911). Later, it was renovated and extended in the thirty-second year of the reign of Emperor Guangxu(1906) in the Qing Dynasty.
The main hall is a brick and wooden structure facing to east, 10 meters high and 250 square meters in area, it can hold 500 Muslims doing their religious service at the same time. Entering the main hall, you can enjoy the traditional simple architectural style but without any idols or figures in it. The Islam doctrine prohibiting the use of idols and animal patterns as decoration in mosques is strictly followed.
With the traditional Chinese architectural style of wooden structures is maintained, the Shanxi Grand Mosque reflects the architectural cream of the Chinese traditional civilization in Xinjiang, it is on the list of historical relics to be protected by the Xinjiang Autonomous Region.
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