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Beijing Niujie Mosque, Beijing

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The Niujie Mosque is the oldest mosque in Beijing, China. It was first built in 996 during the Liao Dynasty and was reconstructed as well as enlarged under the Kangxi Emperor (r. 1661-1722) of the Qing Dynasty.The Mosque is located in the Niujie area of Beijing's Xicheng District, the spiritual centre for the 10,000 Muslims living in the vicinity and it is the biggest and oldest one in Beijing. It was within the Xuanwu District before it merged into Xicheng in 2010. Niujie in Xicheng District, where the mosque is located, is the largest area inhabited by Muslims in Beijing.The Niujie Mosque covers an area of approximately 10,000 square meters. The mosque reflects a mixture of Islamic and Han Chinese cultural and architectural influences. From the outside, its architecture shows traditional Chinese influence and the inside has blend of Islamic calligraphy and Chinese design. The main prayer hall is 600 square meters in area, and can hold more than 1,000 worshipers, while non-believers cannot enter it. The mosque, built out of timber, is home to some important cultural relics and tablets such as the upright tablet of an emperor's decree proclaimed in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty.HistoryThe Niujie Mosque, the largest of all the mosques in Beijing, was first built in 996 during the Liao Dynasty (916-1125). The local Muslim community constructed the mosque using traditional Chinese architecture, with the exception that it displays Arabic calligraphy in the interior. It was originally designed by Nazaruddin, the son of an imam. After it was destroyed by armies of Genghis Khan in 1215, the Mosque was rebuilt in 1443 in the Ming Dynasty.
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  • June 30, 2017
    We went there for the first time to pray. The oldest and biggest mosque in Beijing. Such a beautiful architecture. Mixed of Chinese and Middle East architecture, I guess. Nice spot for photos shoot as...  more »
  • June 16, 2017
    I went with my friends during the first days of Ramadan 2017 at the Mosque. My friends , most of them, are not muslims were welcomed wih open arms . Also, they were licky enough not pay to enter the m...  more »
  • June 8, 2017
    This one of the old mosque. Great time to know how the mosque built 1000 years ago. What a great time to pray there  more »
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  • June 24, 2017
    This mosque is the first movement of islam in the main land of china
  • July 22, 2017
    Embodies culture with the tranquility of worship
  • June 21, 2017
    Big mosque with historical significance
  • March 19, 2016
    It is the oldest masjid in China, first built in 996AD. Now it is almost 1020 years old. Prophet Muhammad SAW hijrah to Madinah is already 1437 years this year. Therefore, Niujie mosque can be safely said to be built 417 years after hijrah. Wallahu'aklam.
  • January 18, 2016
    It's a 800 m walk (10 min) from exit C of the Guang'anmennei metro station on line 7. This is an active Muslim mosque and you'll see worshipers praying and strolling the grounds. There is a gate fee of 10 RMB. There are English signs and a map to indicate the landmarks. Buildings have a blend of Islamic calligraphy and Chinese design.

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