China Odyssey


Qingzhen Dazi (Great Mosque)

Central Mosque

During the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Xian, located at the eastern terminus of the Silk Road trading route, was the largest city in the world. The Grand Mosque and the 60 000 Hui Moslems living in Xian are evidence of the influence of the Islamic societies to the west. The architecture of this Ming Dynasty structure is distinctly Chinese although Arabic inscriptions give evidence of the building's religious purpose.

Central Mosque

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