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Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta), Turpan

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The Emin Minaret or Imin Ta stands by the Uyghur mosque located in Turfan, Xinjiang, China. At 44 meters (144 ft) it is the tallest minaret in China. The Qing Empire conquered this largely Muslim region in the 1750s by defeating the Dzungar Mongols with their superior weaponry in a series of battles. The Uyghurs under Emin Khoja joined the Qing Empire for protection against the Dzungars and the Emin minaret was named after Emin Khoja. As conquerors, they ruled the local population with a light hand and were tolerant of Islam.The minaret was started in 1777 during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1735 - 1796) and was completed only one year later. It was financed by local leaders and built to honor the exploits of a local Turpan general, Emin Khoja, hence the name "Emin". The Emin Minaret is located along the ancient Silk Route (near the ancient Uyghur capital of Gaochang). Nearby is the site of the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves.The arid landscape of southern Xinjiang has long been connected to both East Asia and West Asia by historical trade routes such as the Silk Road and the land around these crossroads became the location for most of the Uyghur Islamic structures in Xinjiang. The area has long served as a conduit for cultural exchange between different ethnic and religious groups. The Emin Minaret, like other Uyghur mosques and minarets, reflects this in its combination of traditional Islamic features and local Uyghur building traditions.
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TripAdvisor
  • Not a lot to see in Emin Minaret but a great landmark of education and religion in Turpan. The architect who built the Emin Minaret was commissioned from Kashgar and it was his first and last solo pro...  more »
  • A very good example of Islamic architecture. Very peaceful, and very friendly people around it. Again not very kitschy or touristy which is a really nice change.  more »
  • We visited Su Gong Ta as part of a 5 day tour of Xinjiang. The tower was spectacular and it was great to see it up close. It was also nice to walk around the mosque, although it is a very simple build...  more »
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  • Seen from the Minaret, where I don't feel old.... Because the door is not broken minaret public toilets, male and female were all exposed.... Had insisted toilet rather than minarets.
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  • 週邊是墓園, 建築有特色, 值得一看, 但不用花太多時間
  • 還可以