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Xian - Great Mosque

Shaanxi - Xian - Yan'an

The Great Mosque of Xian is the largest and best preserved of the early mosques of China. It is located in Huajue Lane beside the Drum Tower, and covering an area of 12,000 square m. It was originally set up in 742 AD during the Tang dynasty with interesting architecture and stone carvings.

The mosque is built in a Chinese traditional style with the grounds taken up by platforms, pavilions and halls. After restorations in the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, the present complex proudly ranks among the largest mosques in China.

The Great Mosque now serves as an important spot for religious activities of over 60,000 Muslims in Xian.